Stephen Kampyongo who serves as Home Affairs Minister in Lungu’s government has refused to clear leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance ( DA ) in South Africa to visit incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane wanted to fly into the country today and visit his counter-part Hichilema who is facing treason charges.
But according to a press release by UPND, Kampyongo has refused to clear the South Africa opposition leader despite a court order yesterday allowing members of the public to visit Hichilema and his co-accused.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
24TH MAY, 2017
In the spirit of the Africa Freedom Day, Mr Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance of South Africa intends to visit his colleague Mr Hakainde Hichilema in prison on 25th May, 2017. In this regard the Party UPND wrote a letter to the Hon Minister of Home Affairs Mr Stephen Kampyongo seeking clearance for the visit to prison.
However, it is shocking that the Minister has replied in the negative, effectively stopping the visit. This development is not in keeping with the spirit of Christian love. It is a development which portrays the PF government as vindictive and not prepared to conform to the Christian status of the country nor to the country’s legal norms.
The reason of a court order advanced by the Minister is now water under the bridge for it has been superseded by a new order which allows members of the public to freely visit President Hakainde Hichilema and his colleagues in prison.
CHAIRMAN, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS