Deportation of Prof. Lumumba is unnecessary shame to the country – HH

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Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema says the deportation of renowned  academician and Pan Africanist Prof. Lumumba is unnecessary shame to Zambia.

President Edgar Lungu’s regime refused Prof Lumumba entry to Zambia when he landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. He was deported back to his country, Kenya.

He was scheduled to deliver lecture on the Chinese influence in Africa.

Below is HH’s full statement:

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We have studied the issue surrounding the deportation of a highly respected academician and Pan Africanist Prof. PLO Lumumba and we do not agree with it.

We find the action by the PF leadership to humiliate him in such a manner at the airport highly irresponsible, harsh, and goes further to confirm what we have been saying that this Government is led by despots.

Our country and the world is aware that this oppressive government has deported other citizens of the world in the similar illegal manner, citizens such as Mmusi Maimane a South African opposition leader, Tendai Biti another opposition leader from Zimbabwe, Cuban Ambassador to Zambia and other foreign personalities.

It is such deportations of citizens of the world that is denting the image of our country on the international scene, hence embarrasingly shooting ourselves in the foot.

From what we understand, Prof. Lumumba has been giving intellectual discourse in many parts of the world, the recent being in Zimbabwe at an event which we understand even cabinet ministers attended.

So what security risk does Prof. Lumumba pose to Zambia as being claimed by the despotic PF regime.

To us, the people who pose security risks are the foreigners who are grabbing our land, grabbing our state assets at the expense of Zambians.

Zambia is an integral member of the global community, and therefore one would expect that the PF would treat nationals from other countries with respect, dignity and decorum they deserve. This is a minimum legal and civil requirement in addition to being a matter of good order, diplomatic relations and security for our citizens who are resident other countries.

As UPND, we value fundamental freedoms of speech, conscious, association and other liberties as enshrined in the local and international conventions to which we are signatories.

This PF regime is causing unnecessary shame to our Country in face of the whole world.

This illegal deportation of Professor Plo Lumumba should be rescinded immediately and allow him to continue with his business if he so wishes.

Hakainde Hichilema 
UPND President

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One Response to Deportation of Prof. Lumumba is unnecessary shame to the country – HH

  1. The guilt are always afraid.
    Shame on PF govt. A mere Professor unsettles them who cannot run for political office in Zambia.

    Monze
    October 2, 2018 at 7:27 am
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