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Ex-President Lungu gives govt 48 hours to rethink decision barring him from travel to South Korea


Former President, Edgar Lungu, has given the State, 48 hours in which to rethink its decision to bar him from making a foreign trip or he will commence legal proceedings.

The letter to the Attorney General, Mulilo Kabesha, comes less than 24 hours after Lungu discontinued the matter in which he sought judicial review to stay the illegal decision of the immigration officers and facilitate his travel to South Korea for a World Peace Conference.

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The Lusaka High Court set September 25, 2023, as date of hearing of the application, which was after the conference had ended, thus, rendering the case an academic exercise.

Zambia Monitor reported on Sunday that former head of State and his wife, Esther, were ejected from an aircraft on Saturday and stopped from traveling to the said conference.

According to government, Lungu required Cabinet clearance to travel.

The matter has taken a new twist with Lungu, through his lawyer, Makebi Zulu, asking the State to amend its decision.

“Take notice that following the withdrawal of the Judicial Review action, our client intends to take out a petition against yourselves for breach of the constitution of Zambia should you not make appropriate amends within the next 48 hours undertaking to uphold his freedom of movement and association as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Zambia. Kindly obligated, to avoid rigmarole of court process,” read the letter in part.

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