Mmusi Maimane barred from entering Zambia

Mmusi Maimane has been prevented from entering Zambia by police. He is stuck at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport where the Zambian police force stormed the plane upon landing and confiscated his personal phone. It is understood that Mmusi Maimane has contacted the ministry of International Relations demanding that the South African diplomats resolved the matter immediately.

“Upon arrival Zambian Police boarded the aircraft, aggressively confronted Maimane, and have taken his private cell phone from his possession. We have taken this matter up urgently with the Ministry of International Relations, and we expect that they will dispatch South African Diplomats to Kenneth Kaunda airport immediately,” the statement reads.

Mmusi Maimane is in that country to attend the treason trial of Hakainde Hichilema, the detained President of Zambia’s largest opposition party – the United Party for National Development (UPND). The treason trial will be held on Friday at the Magistrate Court Complex, Hibiscus Road, Lusaka, Zambia.

“As we celebrate Africa Day, the leader of the opposition in Zambia faces trumped up criminal charges brought against him by a government intent on reversing the gains of democracy in Zambia and in Southern Africa,” Mmusi Maimane said in a statement earlier today.

 

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