State House Dismisses Reports On Wa Mutharika

State House has dismissed reports that Malawian President Bingu Wa Mutharika has been invited to open the 85th Zambia Agriculture and Commercial Show.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Dickson Jere says he is not aware of any invitation to any foreign head of state to officiate at the show.
He says the statement by Former Patriotic Front Member of Parliament Given Lubinda is misleading.
Mr Jere says records are available at the ministry of foreign affairs to prove that the President did not invite any foreign head of state to officiate at the show.
He says it is unfortunate that the PF has decided to conduct a malicious campaign and statements about President Banda and his Malawian counterpart whose country has enjoyed long standing warm relations with Zambia dating back to pre-independence days.
Mr Jere has also clarified that the decision by President Banda not to invite President Mutharika or any other head of state has nothing to do with recent disturbances in Malawi.
He told ZNBC News that the President had issued a statement that he will officiate at the Agricultural and Commercial shows in Kitwe and Lusaka as well as the Trade Fair in Ndola.
[ZNBC]