Vice president Guy Scott has warned of increasing strained diplomatic relations with Malawi, if the Bingu wa Mutharika administration will not apologise to Zambia Presisent Micheal Sata for declaring him prohibited immigrant four years ago, according to the Nyasatimes.
Scott told reporters in Lilongwe that he has come to represent Zambia during the Comesa summit as Malawi has not yet formally lifted Sata’s prohibited immigrant status imposed on him in 2007.
“He could not have come because he risked being embarrassed,” Said Scott.
He stressed that Zambia is demanding an apology from Mutharika administration for an “embarrassing deportation.”
Sata refused to travel to Malawi for the Comesa summit in protest against the Mutharika government decision to deport him.
Malawi government spokesperson Patricia Kaliati maintained that Sata as President of Zambia “remains welcome in Malawi” and there was no reason for Malawi Government to apologise for.
Kaliati however said Malawi government has taken note of the remarks by Zambia’s second in command.