samedi 24 septembre 2011

Zambia / Malawi: Michael Sata, the new Zambian president is "persona non grata" in Malawi.

Nicknamed "King Cobra", Michael Chilufya Sata (74) was elected President of the Republic of Zambia 23 September 2011 after defeating incumbent President Rupiah Banda Bwezani (74).
During his long years of opposition, Michael Sata has had many setbacks including with the President of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika.
Indeed, March 15, 2007, when he went to Malawi to visit his old friend  the former president of Malawi from 1994 to 2004, Elson Bakili Muluzi, was arrested at Chileka International Airport in Blantyre.
"No reason was given for his arrest, but he was held for several hours at the police station in Blantyre, deported and declared persona non grata in Malawi," said Ralph Kasambara.
He was then led to 500 Kilometers and thrown into the Mwami border post on the border between Malawi and Zambia.
Back in Lusaka, he lodged a complaint against Malawi for defamation and unlawful detention.
Until his election as the fifth president of Zambia, September 23, 2011, the case was still pending.
According to the laws of Malawi, Michael Sata is still persona non grata in Malawi.
This did not prevent the Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika to send a congratulatory message after actively supported his opponent Rupiah Banda.
On September 24, 2011, the President of Malawi flew towards Lusaka to attend the handover of power, but nobody did  see him at the ceremony of swearing in of President Michael Sata!
Did Mr Sata really forgotten the little wooden bench in the crowded and dirty job of the police in Blantyre March 15, 2007?

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