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Zambia’s president urged to apologise to ex-US envoy

A Zambian opposition determine has urged President Edgar Lungu to apologise to a former US envoy after pardoning a homosexual couple.

The Patriots for Financial Development chief Sean Tembo needs the president to says sorry to the US’ ex-ambassador to Zambia, Daniel Foote, for the victimisation he endured for condemning the preliminary jailing of the pair final 12 months..

Mr Tembo, while talking on nearby radio station Very hot FM, claimed the pardoning of the pair vindicates the previous envoy.

He said it also contradicted the government’s stance on homosexuality.

President Lungu pardoned the two guys, Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba, who had been sentenced to 15 several years for possessing sexual intercourse with just about every other.

They have been outlined among the the names of almost 3,000 prisoners to be fred to mark Africa Freedom Working day, which fell on Monday.

Their sentencing had prompted a diplomatic row that ended in the recalling of Ambassador Foote.

The ambassador had urged Zambia to assessment its guidelines on homosexuality.

He faced a large backlash and the US reported it was dismayed by the procedure of the envoy.

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