Fred M'membe

M’membe Clears Gay Air

Zambia still maintains diplomatic and other relations with countries which protect, defend and promote gay rights. Most, if not all, European Union countries that Zambia has dealings with defend, protect and promote gay rights. And so is the United States.

South Africa has a Constitution which defends, protects and promotes gay rights. South Africa even allows same sex marriages. The African National Congress defends, protects and promotes gay rights. But the UPND has been seeking a relationship with the ANC. Can one sensibly accuse the UPND of defending, protecting and promoting gay rights by associating with the ANC?

The DA which the UPND has a long association and common sponsors with defends, protects and promotes gay rights. Can one by this association justly accuse the UPND of defending, protecting and promoting gay rights?

Zambia has an embassy in Brazil, a country whose Constitution defends, protects and promotes gay rights. Should Zambia stop dealing with these countries? Should Zambians stop visiting these countries and stop doing business with their nationals and organisations? Should Zambians stop studying in their institutions?

And would it be fair to accuse Zambia and Zambians of defending, protecting and promoting gay rights by dealing with these nations, their organisations and citizens?

Similarly, the Socialist Party deals with many political parties and other organisations in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa and Asia which defend, protect and promote gay rights. Defence, protection and promotion of gay rights have never been part of our dealings or memorandum of understanding with any of these political parties and organisations. And there’s no where in this country or in any other country where the Socialist Party has engaged in any discourse or activities concerning gay rights.

So, the insinuations coming from our colleagues are difficult to understand – they are unjust, unfair and cruel.

Fred M’membe
President of the Socialist Party

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hmmmm. This response is denting the Socialist party. We are aware that we associate with countries whose views on gay countries are different from us.
    Fred should have said Zambia continues to deal with these countries. And to state the party position that they are not going to embrace gay rights. This article seems to imply that his party may go the same way as these other countries.

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