Dr Kaingu said in an interview that he is deeply sorry for the statement he issued in Parliament during debate on the 2015 national budget.
He said he did not mean to offend people living with HIV and AIDS.
“I regret my statement. I was carried away by the excitement of the debates in Parliament and allowed my mouth to say things that I do not believe in,” Dr Kaingu said.
He continued, “I know HIV has devastating effects on society and it does not augur well for leaders like me to start demonizing people living with HIV. I have friends and family members that have died of this disease and stigma should not be promoted.”
Dr Kaingu said he will personally phone Mr Felix Mwanza, the Country Director for Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign and apologise for his statement.
He said the HIV and AIDS situation in Zambia is grave and people that are living positively with the condition should be supported and not stigmatized.