Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda will not attend next week’s 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Ethiopia.

State House says that Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda will not attend next week’s 20th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

This is because Mr. Lubinda has taken his annual leave.

This is according to a press statement by President Michael Sata’s assistant for press and public relations, George Challah made available to Breeze News.

Mr. Chellah says that Mr. Lubinda has been on leave since December 21, 2012 and another Minister has already taken his position as acting Foreign Affairs Minister.

Mr. Chellah, however, emphasized that Mr. Lubinda is facing serious charges against the party, which will only be resolved at the forthcoming party Central Committee meeting.

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