Zambia has deported Kenyan lawyer and renowned pan-Africanist Prof Patrick L.O Lumumba because he has spoken against China's pernicious dealings in Zambia.
Prof. Lumumba was sent back by Immigration officials shortly after he landed at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka on September 29, 2018
Prof. Lumumba was due to deliver a public lecturer on China-Africa relations on Saturday night at Eden University.
The topic for his public lecture was “Africa in the age of China influence and global geodynamics.”
Chief Spokesperson of the Zambian government, Dora Siliya confirmed that Prof. Lumumba was deported because he posed a security threat
“Govt thru immigration dept has denied entry into Zambia of Prof. Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan national due to security considerations. Immigration is a security wing working with agencies within and beyond Zambia.
You will recall that Zambia has in the recent last deported leading figures such as of SA’s leading opposition leader Mmusi Maimane, dancer Zodwa Wabantu, and Zimbabwe’s Tendai Biti.
When contacted, a representative of Eden University said the Institution’s leadership was devastated with the news as they could not understand why the Professor was not allowed entry into Zambia
“He wasn’t even allowed to get out of the place, he just sent a text message to say we have been denied entry into Zambia. He said maybe it's the topic of discussion that government was uncomfortable with, but that was not about Zambia.”