Wednesday, December 10, 2008

(LUSAKATIMES, ZNBC) Zambia not planning a military invasion of Zimbabwe-Pande

Zambia not planning a military invasion of Zimbabwe-Pande
December 10, 2008

Foreign Affairs minister Kabinga Pande (r) and his counterpart from Defence George Mpombo during a press briefing on allegations that Zambia and Botswana are planning to invade Zimbabwe

The Zambian government has dismissed a website article suggesting that Zambia and Botswana are planning a military invasion of Zimbabwe, to remove President, Robert Mugabe, from office.

Foreign Affairs minister, Kabinga Pande, has described the article which appeared on the website-www.zimbabwetoday.co.uk last Sunday as malicious, baseless and false.

The website article suggested that Zambia’s Commando units have been training jointly with the army of Botswana in readiness for the military invasion.

Mr. Pande said at a press briefing in Lusaka on Wednesday that Zambia is committed to working within the framework of SADC decisions in resolving the situation in Zimbabwe.

Mr. Pande who was flanked by Defence Minister, George Mpombo, said Zambia believes that peace and stability can only be achieved through effective dialogue among all stakeholders in Zimbabwe.

And Mr. Mpombo said contrary to the website article Zambia is keen to to assist Zimbabwe overcome her internal problems through dialogue.

ZNBC

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