Why Biti was deported from Zambia

Why Biti was deported from Zambia
Published: 20 August 2018 (402 Views)
A Zambian political analyst based in South Africa has now suggested that the decision to deport opposition MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti from Zambia was likely payback by President Edgar Lungu for Biti's interference in internal politics across Zimbabwe's northern border.

"The main reason is political," writes legal expert Professor Michelo Hansungule in article for Zambian media at the weekend.

"Tendai Biti and other members of opposition in Zimbabwe visited Hakainde Hichilema, Edgar Lungu's nemesis, in the wake of his imprisonment in 2017 on trumped up charges of treason later withdrawn in humiliation."

"Not only did Biti and his colleagues visit Hichilema to convalescence with him but Biti himself made statements bitterly criticizing Lungu's decision to arrest Hichilema on trumped-up charges but describing the Zambian legal system as dead as the Zimbabwean.

"Despite the expensive efforts to paint Edgar Lungu with the colour of a saint, in fact he is a vengeful man who believes in revenge.

"Tendai Biti is paying for being opposition member in his country and for exercising his fundamental right to freedom of expression on the Zambian soil."

Zambian border guards handed Biti over to Zimbabwe despite a Lusaka high court order saying he should not be deported until his appeal for asylum was heard.

- newzimbabwe

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