‘Denying Prof. Lumumba entry into Zambia lawful’
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.