US has appointed its new ambassador to Zambia years after the previous one was forced to leave in the following his comment on gay rights.
In 2019, the then ambassador Daniel Foote was forced to leave the country after he disagreed with a jail term that was given to a gay couple. The couple was sentenced to 15 years in prison, a sentence that Foote described as horrifying.
The government then accused Foote of trying to dictate policy and he was declared persona non grata by the then President Edgar Lungu.
Two years down the line, a replacement for Mr Foote has been found and reports say the new ambassador, Michael Gonzalez will arrive in Zambia next month after a confirmation by the US Congress.
“The newly appointed American ambassador is expected to arrive in the country next month following the confirmation of his appointment by the US Congress,” said Martin Dale, outgoing charge d’affaires in the capital Lusaka, as he bid farewell to President Hakainde Hichilema at the State House.