Deportation of PLO Lumumba – The case of Jesus Christ and Barnabas

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PF Supporter Hjoe Moono writes…..

PLO Lumumba Vs Koffi Olomide = Jesus Christ Vs Barnabas:

I thought I share my two cents on the recent denial of entry to prominent Kenyan lawyer and anti-corruption crusader, PLO Lumumba:

1. He was Director General of Kenya’s Anti Corruption Commission.

2. He was one of the lead lawyers for the Kenyan Electoral Commission in the Uhuru Kenyatta 2017 Presidential Election Petition. He was, for all intents and purposes defending the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as President.

3. He has been giving lectures on good governance and anti corruption throughout Africa from his home country of Kenya to Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana and many others.

4. He recently gave a lecture to African Defence Chiefs at the African Union on the evolution of conflict in Africa from colonial times.

5.Then he was denied entry in Zambia for being considered a “security risk”. Yes, a security risk after he lecturered Africa’s security forces on peace and security at the African Union.

That we could allow Kofi Olomide who was deported from Kenya for offences the whole world saw and knows and deny PLO Lumumba who has been advocating for anti-corruption and good governance among African leaders is very strange. This is similar to crucifying Jesus Christ and freeing Barnabas.

Whatever the “risk”, in the eyes of the world, Zambia will now be viewed as a country that hates people who fight corruption. Now in war, we know that the enemy of your friend is your enemy. Is PLO Lumumba Zambia’s enemy because he is fighting corruption, our ‘friend’?

Knowing the decisions His Excellency has made in the past on tolerance, I doubt he was properly advised on this matter. President Uhuru Kenyatta is President Lungu’s friend. It would therefore be strange that he would block his friend’s lawyer from entering Zambia.

Corruption is measured on perceptions, and one of the perceptions is whether or not crusaders of anti-corruption are supported or tolerated. We need to be careful on how we create and manage perceptions as a country. That we can have zero tolerance to people who fight corruption means that we perhaps have a high tolerance towards corruption – could this be true?

And please, with all due respect you cannot compare PLO Lumumba’s case to Laura Miti’s case where she was denied entry in South Africa. South Africa NEVER denied PLO Lumumba entry. He actually spoke at one of the prestigious universities on issues affecting South Africa!

I submit that this was not only unnecessary but completely wrong. The risk averted by blocking PLO Lumumba cannot outweigh the negative perceptions we have created for ourselves as a country.



2 Responses to Deportation of PLO Lumumba – The case of Jesus Christ and Barnabas

  1. Lungu has thin skin and doesn’t like criticism. That was the ‘security risk’.

    October 1, 2018 at 11:59 am


    Silent Observer
    October 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm

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