Deportation of Tendai Biti bad for Zambia’s image – HH

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Hakainde Hichilema has strongly condemned the decision by the PF government to hand over asylum-seeking Zimbabwean opposition leader Tendai Biti to his country’s authorities, describing it as a total disregard for international law and human rights.

The UPND leader says the manner in which Biti was ejected from the country has dented Zambia’s reputation¬†as a sanctuary of people fleeing from conflict.

“The United Party for National Development (UPND) and all the democratic people in Zambia were stunned by the deportation of Honourable Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe’s former Finance Minister and now opposition leader from Zambia in total disregard of the internationally accepted procedure and law,” Hichilema said in a statement today, adding that government should have given Biti a hearing in accordance with¬†international law,

“As is well known, Honourable Tendai Biti was seeking asylum and in keeping with international law, the Zambian government should have given him hearing while engaging his pursuers in Zimbabwe.

“The manner in which he was hounded out of the country further reduces the image of Zambia as a sanctuary of people fleeing from conflict.”

Hichilema added: “As a proponent of democracy and fundamental human rights, the UPND strongly condemns Honourable Tendai Biti’s deportation in the manner it was done by the Zambian government and invites all democratic forces in the International community to condemn this sad and shocking development in the strongest terms possible.”

He has since commended the United Nations, the US government, the European Union and other members of the international community over the stance taken regarding to deportation of Biti.

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3 Responses to Deportation of Tendai Biti bad for Zambia’s image – HH

  1. This was a very heartless and poor decision by the PF Govt and not worthy of a country which prides itself as a christian Nation. Ver shocking

    Kapolyo
    August 11, 2018 at 1:11 am
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  2. its not president Lungu or the pf that imposed a premature deportation against Hon Tendai Biti from Zimba zemabwe but his purely done by the Malanji foreign mister. Plese, replace him with Hon Kalaba as he has caused a lot of embarrassments to this country.

    tribal lines
    August 11, 2018 at 10:40 am
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  3. I do not even understand the hullabaloo. First, the issue of Biti is not clear because I am not sure if this can be termed as deportation. I believe Biti was denied asylum and entry into Zambia. Asylum is normally granted to a person whose life in danger back home due to some civil strife or turmoil. I do not believe this was the case for Biti. In any case, all this happened at the border. I thought a deportation is when someone lives in a particular country and, depending on the nature of the crime (offence), he/she can be deported or declared persona non grata. Biti does not qualify to be called a deported person, he was only denied entry into Zambia. These issues are governed by the United Nations, a body which should have been the first to condemn Zambia if an illegality was committed.

    I am curious, though, the first call for Biti before getting to the Zambian border is his own country’s border point. Then the question is: where were the Zimbabwean border authorities?

    M.M
    August 12, 2018 at 12:47 pm
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