Malawi has revoked the expulsion of President Michael Sata to Malawi but has issued no apology. The government of Malawi has also reversed the declaration of Sata as a prohibited immigrant and unwanted element.
And Malawian president Bingu Mutharika who has taken over as chairman of COMESA has welcomed Sata to the ‘family of nations’.
“The Government of the Republic of Malawi hereby revokes, reverses and withdraws any expulsion or deportation order that may have been made or issued in 2007 against or in respect of His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, the newly-elected President of the Republic of Zambia,” reads a statement issued by the Office of the President and Cabinet.
The statement, signed by Chief Secretary to the Malawi Government Bright Msaka, said Sata is therefore free to visit Malawi any time “and all protocols, privileges and immunities befitting Heads of State and Government shall be accorded to him by the Malawi Government”
Sata was arrested at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre in 2007. He had come to Malawi to hold talks with former Malawi president Bakili Muluzi. He was detained for eight hours before being bundled in a car and driven some 500 kilometres and dumped at the Malawi-Zambia border.
Sata refused to travel to Malawi demanding the revocation of his prohibited immigration status and an apology.