by Martin Oduor
Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba was on Saturday September 29th 2018 refused entry to Zambia due to ‘security considerations’.
The former anti-corruption commission boss was detained on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International airport in Lusaka before being deported back to Kenya.
PLO was scheduled to deliver a talk on Chinese influence in Africa on Sunday at Eden University. China has been giving poor countries loans they can’t possibly pay back so as to seize key assets like the way they did in Sri Lanka (the Asian country handed over strategic port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease after struggling with debts).
Kenyans on Twitter were quick to condemn Chinese and Zambian government following PLO’s deportation, see some of the reactions below:
China neo-colonisation in Africa is getting deeper. PLO Lumumba denied entry to Zambia; the crime; his scheduled lecture "Africa in the age of China's influence & global geo-dynamics." is a serious threat to national security. Any conversation on China prohibited? Get ready 254 pic.twitter.com/nJ4q28zxNT
— RETIRED COMRADE (@retired_comrade) September 30, 2018
The Chinese Embassy in Lusaka pushed for Dr. PLO Lumumba to be denied entry into Zambia because of this conference programme with a very controversial them. China has started pushing African govts to silence critics. This is where they’ll totally lose it. pic.twitter.com/PtrLJdWb21
— Robert ALAI, HSC (@RobertAlai) September 30, 2018
It’s sad to see AFRICA becoming an enemy of its own?I refuse to believe PLO Lumumba is a threat to our country,his an indigenous African who speaks nothing but the truth?? pic.twitter.com/IW7sSNvhvm
— TashaDennis (@TashaDennis14) September 29, 2018
Open Letter To H.E Edgar Lungu
President of Zambia
RE: In Defence Of Prof. PLO Lumumba From Chinese Chicanery & Tomfoolery Of African Leaders pic.twitter.com/pUF7A6OT0q
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) September 30, 2018
African's are not moved by idea's, – Prof PLO Lumumba. How can we be move by ideas when our leaders have reduce us to mare servitude, hunger is in d land poverty n diseases have ravaged d life of our people we don't need idea's but solution to d problems on desk. – Singdip David.
— Adamu N. Bukar (@adamunbukar) September 27, 2018
Zambia is gradually setting bad precedence in Afrika, you cannot stand the honesty of #Plo_Lumumba [He says it as it is] but can certainly have Chinese citizens working in your police force???
The doom is near for Afrikans if this mentality of ours still continue ?? pic.twitter.com/APzdwkJr5C
— ☆Alaarm☆ ? [Ancient-Soul]™ (@Nanansah3) September 30, 2018
#Zambia points to everything wrong that has gone wrong with Africa. Govt thinks denying PLO Lumumba an entry visa will stop him from sharing his views on Chinese loans and their impact on Africa. We are in an era of multimedia convergence. They have instead marketed his message!
— Silver Kayondo (@SilverKayondo) September 30, 2018
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