Arrest me if you want am coming back to Zambia – DA Leader Mmusi Maimane

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South Africa’s Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane has insisted that despite the fracas and his deportation from Zambia, he will attempt to be in Lusaka on the next trial date of detained Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.
“I have asked the Zambian High Commission to give me full reasons why they denied us entry yesterday [Thursday] in Zambia. They have assured me that they are going to come back to me about that issue,” Mr. Maimane said as he emerged from a meeting with Zambian High Commissioner in Pretoria Emmanuel Mwamba.
“Furthermore, we are not going to stay away. I have asked that at the next trial [appearance] of Mr HH [Hakainde Hichilema], we will go and attend – not because we want to meddle with the courts of Zambia, but we want to stand and ensure that the Zambian government acts in a democratic manner.

“I still hold the views that Mr Lungu [Zambian President Edgar Lungu] is not acting in a manner consistent with democracy. Therefore I will be going back there, given the time, for us to go and support Mr HH in Zambia. We are not going to be deterred.”

Earlier on Friday, Mr. Mwamba said Mr. Maimane had been notified this week to postpone his visit to Lusaka.

“On Tuesday, Mr Maimane’s office got in touch with us and informed us that he will be travelling to Zambia on Thursday. When we contacted Lusaka, especially about the details of Mr Maimane’ visit, we were advised that Mr Maimane should reschedule his visit,” Mwamba said as he addressed journalists in Pretoria.

“His visit was to go and visit his colleague [Hakainde Hichilema leader of largest Zambian opposition United Party for National Development UPNP] in solidarity and we found nothing wrong with that. But we advised him that there were concerns over his statements and utterances especially regarding the sanctity of our courts.”

Mr. Mwamba said Mr. Maimane had also been advised to get permission from Zambian courts “because there is a list which the courts approve, of people who can see Mr Hichilema.”.

The envoy said Lusaka will determine who is allowed permission into the country.

“Zambia as a sovereign state can determine persons to be allowed entry into our country and that is not in dispute. We however wish to affirm that Zambia continues to have mutual and admirable diplomatic relations with South Africa based on the historical economic and social ties between the two countries,” he said.

Mr. Mwamba said Lusaka had taken serious issue with Mr. Maimane’s remarks on the independence of the judiciary in Zambia, ahead of the trip.

“If you look at our judiciary, which is more like the British one, it is not similar to the South African one where you allow cameras in courtrooms. Ours is quite a conservative one. The integrity and sanctity of our courts of law is jealously guarded.

“We do not allow undue pressure, not even our Republic’s President can put pressure on our courts. So the remarks by Mr Maimane, stating that he was to pressure the courts to release Mr Hichilema – how does he pressure the courts? He said he wants to pressure our government to release Mr Hichilema. Is it not government holding Mr Hichilema,” said Mr. Mwamba.

“The arrest of Mr Hichilema does not in any way state that we are sliding into a dictatorship. It is simply a matter of the rule of law – no one is above the law.”

Mr. Mwamba addressed journalists after meeting officials from South Africa’s department of international relations, who wanted an explanation on Mr.Maimane’s Lusaka experience.

“Our position is very simple, that as an ordinary person Mr Maimane is very welcome. But if he wishes to politicise our court process, it is very clear we will not allow our court processes to be politicised,” said Mr. Mwamba.

He said Mr. Maimane has previously said charges against Mr. Hichilema were trumped up, and that was an assault on Zambia’s sovereignty, “and it undermines our rule of law and the judiciary especially”.

Mr. Maimane on Friday described how he and his colleagues were manhandled, had their cellphones and iPads confiscated by Zambian authorities.

They were prevented from disembarking from the aeroplane in Lusaka before they were forced to leave that country.

Maimane and his entourage were in Lusaka, hoping to attend the treason trial of Mr. Hichilema.

The detained opposition leader is alleged to have attempted to block President Edgar Lungu’s motorcade, which was travelling on the same road.

 

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12 Responses to Arrest me if you want am coming back to Zambia – DA Leader Mmusi Maimane

  1. come you will face the law. ..Hw will u enter zambia? maybe using juju coz no airline will sale u a ticket. ..If u will use your own plane am just wondering where you will land in at.

    just once
    May 29, 2017 at 12:07 pm
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    • Another scrap of a person – born from mad parents so is the offspring with nothing to offer in life. I can value a dog much more than this ape. The goodness is that you have never and you shall never travel outside the country apart from collecting wild fruits and fishimu from the bush. Furthermore, you don’ t even know and understand the value/ significance of human interdependence on this large planet. Your only value is to exhibit your folly on online sites like this one. You cannot even consider how many of your fellow Zambians are in the Republic of South Africa and why they went there with those dirty, lame and barbaric comments of yours. You must be the least dunderhead in this nation.

      Mukwikile Matumbo
      May 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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    • Just Ounce I’m not trying to demean you your thinking is from Soweto market where you were working carrying goods for marketeers now you are in the youth wing of PF at the age of 55. Thanks to you.
      Let me tell PF thugs are most hated people . Mmusi Maimane is my man while Mimbii Phiri chinyo cakwe.

      JM
      May 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm
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  2. Zambia is a member of SADC
    so is South Africa. In short he can travel to Zambia when ever he has a program, he doesn’t need a VISA

    The Jew/
    May 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm
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    • Yeah, it is also a sovereign state that can deny entry to anybody without giving any reasons. Maimane is talking like Zambia is a province of South Africa – which school did this charlatan go to? He shall leave his battles in South Africa and start fighting Zambian battles — very strange!!

      OneNation
      May 29, 2017 at 6:01 pm
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  3. Mr Maimane is Zambia’s saviour from dictatorship. He has made this issue on the front pages of world newspapers.If PF tries to stop him Lungu’s dictatorship will be on display for all the world to see. I can foresee BBC, CNN etc escorting him on the plane to film everything. So watch out Lungu before you expose your dictatorship even more to the rest of the world.

    Truth Speaker
    May 29, 2017 at 11:24 pm
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  4. WHAT is wrong with him present in the court during the treason case trial? are you scared of any thing? the guilty my dear is always afraid. you are always afraid of the unknown because you are guilty. Does it mean that south Africans are prohibited in zambia? tell me when did south africans become our foes? the trend is strange indeed.

    tondolo
    May 29, 2017 at 11:27 pm
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  5. He is free to attend the court sessions. As usual the PF is trying to create an elephant out of a mouse or truly making a soatm in a tea cup.
    Shame on all you PF minions.

    muntungwa
    May 30, 2017 at 6:34 am
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  6. He is free to attend the court sessions. As usual the PF is trying to create an elephant out of a mouse or truly making a storm in a tea cup.
    Shame on all you PF minions.

    muntungwa
    May 30, 2017 at 6:35 am
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  7. JUST COME, MAIMANE. HH IS YOUR FRIEND AND FELLOW LARGEST OPPOSITION LEADER.

    dimitri
    May 30, 2017 at 7:01 am
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    • HH and Maimane have many things in common, they both will never become presidents of their respective countries. They are both stooges of the white imperialists. HH represents a tribal grouping whilst Maimane represents white racists. The list is endless.

      mandela
      May 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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  8. Something wrong with this chap Maimanya, he is trying to underlate Zambia as state,this is unacceptable. He needs to be pumped manners in his small head full of water. Just because they share Same sponsorship with Hakainde ichilema then they want to destabilise the peace Zambia has enjoyed for there personal gains, that’s total foolishness and unacceptable. You know this is what makes me think democracy is not for us black people because this is total stupidity in the name of democracy. Who is to come and supervise the Zambian courts to see that sanity prevails in our country when the current president is quite and jumps his authority I know he will say Zuma is same with Lungu this is shit. Africa twasebana.

    Kachofwa katondo
    May 31, 2017 at 8:22 am
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