Kenyan scholar, Professor Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, P.L.O was on Saturday afternoon deported back to Kenya after a stampede with Zambian Authorities in Lusaka, Zambian media confirmed.
The Chief Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services in Zambia, Dora Siliya said 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,” Hon Dora Ms. Siliya posted on her Twitter page.
Invited by Eden University, the Kenyan lawyer was due to deliver a public lecturer on ‘China-Africa relations’ at Golden Peacock Hotel with tickets for the event already sold.
After several attempts to get into the country, Zambian government officials stopped negotiation with PLO from the moment he landed at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, sending him back to the immigration department.
Just like Kenya where Lumumba comes from, Zambia has in its 2018/19 budget increased taxes to cater for her foreign debts.
Zambia’s rising debt, alongside accusations of secret borrowing and government corruption, have been a scare for foreign investors.
China is reportedly pursuing debt-trap diplomacy by positioning itself to take over Zambia’s strategic assets as controlling a huge stake in the State Media.