Zambia sends back SA opposition leader at airport

Zambia sends back SA opposition leader at airport

The increasing dictatorial regime of Zambia has sent back South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane.

The leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, Helen Zille (C), marches on May 15, 2012 to the headquarters of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s largest trade body, in the center of Johannesburg. DA supporters marched on the head office of the Cosatu to demand government wage subsidies for young people, which the party says will create over 400,000 jobs. Cosatu opposes the subsidy. Clashes broke out as Cosatu supporters met them in the streets. Cosatu is part of an alliance with the ruling African National Congress. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE

Using immigration authorities, the Zambian regime said ‘Maimane’s presence in Zambia would ridicule and undermine the integrity of the Court’.

Maimane had traveled to Zambia to attend the court hearing of detained Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema on Friday.

But Maimane, who landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) aboard South Africa Airlink at 17:45hrs was detained at the airport and put on next flight to South Africa.

The Zambian regime told him that his presence was inimical to the rule of law in Zambia and would subject the judicial process to ridicule.

The whole episode was supervised by PF ambassador to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba who wrote the breaking news in advance and posted it on his website in Zambia.

The regime also said his presence would undermine the independence , integrity and standing of the Court.

Zambia has in the past few weeks degenerated into a dictatorial regime.

Earlier in the day, the Zambian ruler Edgar Lungu denounced European countries accusing them of trying to recolonise Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda, among other countries.

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