Kampyongo defends Lumumba deportation

By Staff Reporter

Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo says Zambia is a sovereign state with laid down guidelines and procedures that should be followed when admitting visitors in the country.

He said it was a government decision to stop Kenyan Professor Patrick Lumumba from entering Zambia on Saturday.

Kampyongo said the government could not be compelled to explain why someone was denied entry into the country.                                                                                                                                      ‘’Just a few weeks ago, Laura Miti, a Zambian activist was denied entry into South Africa. Do we surely have to ask the SA government why they denied her entry? No! The country reserves the right to either state or not state reasons for deportation,” he said.

‘’We do not micro manage anything, but govern by following laid procedures. And so, when such a decision was made, it was NOT the Minister’s decision per say, but government’s decision reflecting the correct interpretation of rules and regulations from concerned stakeholders.”

Kampyongo said this in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia before proceeding to Geneva where he was scheduled to attend an annual executive committee meeting of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.