USA to review cooperation with Zambia following deportation of Tendai Biti

USA to review cooperation with Zambia following deportation of Tendai Biti

USA Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert says his government will review certain aspects of corporation with Zambia and discuss the deportation of asylum seekers with Zambian leaders.

Below is the statement:

Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 9, 2018

The United States government is gravely concerned by credible reports of numerous detentions, beatings, and other abuses of Zimbabweans over the past week, particularly targeting opposition activists. There should be no role for violence, intimidation, or harassment in the new Zimbabwe.

We are also deeply concerned that Zambia chose to hand over former Minister of Finance Tendai Biti to the Zimbabwean authorities, and in the face of a reported Zambian court order blocking his expulsion from Zambia.

This decision is particularly disheartening given the courage that Zambia showed in sheltering thousands of Zimbabwean freedom fighters from Rhodesian aggression in the days of Zimbabwe’s independence struggle. We will be discussing this matter with Zambia’s leaders and reviewing certain aspects of our cooperation with the Zambian government.

The Government of Zimbabwe is now responsible for Tendai Biti’s safety and welfare. We call on Zimbabwe’s leaders to guarantee Mr. Biti’s physical safety and ensure his constitutional and human rights are respected, consistent with the rule of law and Zimbabwe’s international obligations and commitments. In Washington, the United States has convoked the ambassadors of both Zimbabwe and Zambia to register our gravest concerns.

While Zimbabwe had a historic opportunity to move the country toward a brighter future for all its citizens, an electoral process marred by violence that does not respect constitutional rights and procedures is not a step toward that future.

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    Mwendanjagular 1 week ago

    Let the US and Europe impose travel sanctions on Siliya, Lungu and the PF for deporting Biti!

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    sipinya sa ng'aka 1 week ago

    Here comes the sanctions just when you thought things can’t get worse. They are used to ignoring court orders but this time they have bitten some ting they can’t chew!

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    abilima 1 week ago

    You think that that is easy – you just decide that you will send a national of one country to a third country?

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    Chilyata 1 week ago

    Why should we even be asking questions people have to take responsibilities. Kampyongo must own up – he is the one that took that decision to deport Biti.

    Kampyongo has been deporting people with impunity even against Zambian Laws and International conventions respectively like the case of Biti and that Jewish Mining Investor.
    That is the problem with appointing uneducated Kaponyas to posts that need education because Lungu becomes their law and will do anything that Lungu says.

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    omie 1 week ago

    Zambia we wrong for sending the man back.who ever authorized this inhumane and Un Patriotic kind of behavior should face sanctions and put on a no fly list.

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    what was done was very wrong. send him to a 3rd country.

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    WATCHDOG READER 1 week ago

    Too bad. i ask our leaders to be taking time when making certain decisions.