President Lungu arrives in New York, refuses to grant CNN and BBC interviews following corruption saga

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President Edgar Lungu has declined to give interviews to CNN and BBC on the sidelines of the UN Heads of summit in New York.

Lungu arrived in New York, United States of America (USA) today for the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which officially opened on Tuesday last week.

Lungu was scheduled to brief the International community on his new ties with China and clear the air on his alleged sell of State assets and land to the Chinese but has put off any international media engagement, his Media Aide Amos Chanda has told Top Secret in an exclusive interview.

Lungu who arrived in New York early morning today said his entourage had carried enough ZNBC and ZANIS Journalists to interview him, at least Amos Chanda confirmed.

But International media like CNN, BBC and Africa Confidential are still making frantic efforts to interview him.

BBC’s hard talk program was dedicated to Lungu to state how he is developing Zambia with his newly established Chinese bromance.

CNN wanted to feature him on their Amampour program but all this is proving to be futile as the Zambian Head of State is said to be busy negotiating “deals” to better Zambia.

President Lungu has joined other global leaders gathering in New York to discuss issues of global significance.

The summit comes just a few days after Britain, Finland, Ireland and Sweden have already suspended budget support to Zambia’s social welfare and education sectors due to concerns over financial mismanagement and corruption.

The European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA) may also suspend financial aid to Zambia as early as next week, the Watchdog has reported.

Before leaving for the United Nations summit in New York, President Edgar Lungu had received a backlash from Zambians over the British government’s confirmation that it has cut bilateral aid to Zambia following reports of massive corruption.

Meanwhile, the Head of State arrived at New York’s Teterboro International Airport at 07:30 hours local time and was received by Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Lazarous Kapambwe and Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States Dr Ngosa Simbyakula.

President Lungu is accompanied by State House Minister Freedom Sikazwe, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, his Special Assistant for Political Affairs Kaizar Zulu, Special Assistant for Economics and Development Affairs Hibeene Mwiinga and other senior government officials.

The 73rd UN General Assembly will be the most highly attended summit as it will see all the 193 Member States and three Observer States address at the global annual summit of leaders.

The summit will be preceded by a high level plenary meeting called the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit on Monday at which, Heads of State and Government are expected to address the General Assembly on the need for global peace.


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