Zambia’s former President sues government over alleged travel ban.
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on September 18, 2023
Zambia’s former President Edgar Lungu is challenging the government’s decision to stop him from travelling to South Korea,
The former President was allegedly blocked from travelling to South Korea for a conference.
Lungu was said to have been invited for a world peace conference but was ejected from his plane before departure because he did not have government’s clearance to travel.
He is now seeking a judicial review on the move at the Lusaka High Court, while his party, the Patriotic Front (PF), has condemned the government’s alleged action, calling it illegal.
PF’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Mwamba said Lungu didn’t need to inform the government if he is invited and the trip is paid for or he can meet the cost of his own trip and that of his entourage.
Mwamba said the former president had been stopped from travelling for a medical trip earlier despite seeking permission from the cabinet office, an action he described as dictatorial and a violation of fundamental rights that has no place in true democracy.