‘Deny­ing Prof. Lu­mumba en­try into Zam­bia law­ful’

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

ZAM­BIA, as a sov­er­eign state, has a right to deny any­one en­try into the coun­try with­out giv­ing rea­sons for such de­nial, Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Stephen Kampy­ongo has said. Mr Kampy­ongo said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that there were laid down guide­lines, rules and reg­u­la­tions and pro­ce­dures which were fol­lowed when ad­mit­ting vis­i­tors into the coun­try. Mr Kampy­ongo, who was com­ment­ing on why Kenyan Pro­fes­sor Pa­trick Lu­mumba was de­nied en­try into the coun­try on Satur­day, said Zam­bia re­served the right not to ex­plain why some­one was not al­lowed into the coun­try. He said Im­mi­gra­tion Act 18 of 2010 clearly stip­u­lated the rules and pro­ce­dures that should be fol­lowed by peo­ple who in­tended to come to Zam­bia. ‘’Just a few weeks ago, Laura Miti, a Zam­bian ac­tivist, was de­nied en­try into South Africa, so do we surely have to ask the South African govern­ment why they de­nied her en­try? The coun­try re­serves the right to ei­ther state or not state rea­sons for de­por­ta­tion. ‘’We do not mi­cro man­age any­thing, but govern by fol­low­ing laid pro­ce­dures. And so, when such a de­ci­sion was made, it was not my de­ci­sion, but Govern­ments’, re­flect­ing the cor­rect in­ter­pre­ta­tion of rules and reg­u­la­tions from con­cerned stake­hold­ers,” Mr Kampy­ongo said. Mean­while, Mr Kampy­ongo, who is in Geneva to at­tend an an­nual ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing of the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the meet­ing was im­por­tant to Zam­bia as the coun­try was host to many refugees from around Africa. He said Pres­i­dent Lungu, as chair of the TROIKA or­gan of SADC on de­fence and se­cu­rity was closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo and was hop­ing for a peace­ful elec­tion. While in Geneva, he would have sev­eral meet­ings, in­clud­ing a bi­lat­eral one with the Com­mis­sioner of the UN refugee body to con­sider pro­vid­ing so­cial ameni­ties in refugee ar­eas in Zam­bia, he said.

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