Drunkard Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu has interfered in the matter in which footballers Rainford Kalaba, Stophilla Sunzu and Nathan Sinkala have had their passports withheld by the Immigration Department for alleagedely leaving the country without Immigration clearance.
The three who reportedly sneaked out of the country without immigration clearance when their services were required in Zambia’s recent friendly game against 2014 world cup hosts Brazil in China have been frequenting the Immigration regional office in Ndola from last week for questioning.
But Mr Lungu has directed that the trio be given back their passports and allowed to return back to their base in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mr Lungu however, warned that there will be no sacred cows in the application of the laws of the land.
He says government will take issue with TP Mazembe Zambian representative Andre Mtine.
The Home Affairs Minister says exit and entry by any Zambian requires immigration clearance and that no one is above the law.
He says the law will deal with anyone breaking the law whether one is a football superstar or not.
Mr Lungu has since advised the managers of the players both in Zambia and DRC to take responsibility and guide them properly instead of taking advantage of their lack of knowledge of immigration procedures.
TP Mazembe claims the players were injured at the time they were summoned for the Brazil friendly but the players disappeared when they were told to fly to China to be assessed by team Doctor Joseph Kabungo.
Mr Lungu was speaking on The Arena programme on ZNBC’s TV 2 this morning monitored by QFM News.