By ALICE NACHILEMBE
Zambia’s Ambassador to Germany Anthony Mukwita says a personal connection with the Diaspora is key for meaningful relations between government and its people living abroad.
Mr Mukwita was speaking directly and one-on-one with members of the Diaspora helps to breakdown social barriers and dismiss the myths that tend to separate diplomatic staff from members of the public.
The Zambian envoy made the remarks shortly after a series of surprise phone calls that he made to several Zambian women to mark this year’s International Women’s Day held under the theme: Choose to Challenge.
“I was elated by their positive responses as they did not expect my calls. One of them wasn’t
feeling too well at the time but I was touched when she said she felt much better that I had given her a call, he said.
The Ambassador, who has now made it part of his tradition to personally call Zambians, said he found personally connecting with the Diaspora rewarding and profound.
There are 585 Zambians living in Germany with several more in countries of extra accreditation
which include Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, The Czech Republic and The Slovak Republic.
This is contained in a statement issued by first secretary for press and Public Relations Kellys Kaunda.