The Zimbabwean authorities have deported fugitive former Information and Communications Minister, Chishimba Kambwili, authorities have said.
Kambwili fled Zambia to seek medical attention following his illness and government’s denial to grant him permission to travel to South Africa.
During a media briefing in Lusaka on Friday, Zambia’s Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Jack Mwiimbu, said the Zimbabwean authorities had determined that Kambwili had entered the country unlawfully.
Mwiimbu said the Zambian and Zimbabwean governments collaborated to search for Kambwili, who was eventually located in that country.
The Minister described as false, social media claims that government was mistreating Kambwili.
“Government is dedicated to providing care for all of its citizens, which is why President Hakainde Hichilema consented to Kambwili’s evacuation for medical attention regardless of his political affiliation,” he said.
The Minister reaffirmed government’s earlier position that Kambwili entered Zimbabwe illegally, a situation which rendered him an illegal immigrant in that country.
“In spite of Kambwili’s criminal record, the Ministry of Health was instructed by the President to evacuate him in order to provide him with access to medical care,” Mwiimbu explained.
Mwiimbu commended the government of Zimbabwe for deporting Kambwili as this would help medical personnel to evaluate his condition.
The Minister revealed that Kambwili was currently admitted to Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka.
Meanwhile, the Edgar Lungu-led Patriotic Front Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Emmanule Mwamba, has reported that the Ministry of Defence has banned politicians from visiting Kambwili.
Mwamba said this came to light when Zambia’s sixth President, Edgar Lungu went to Maina Soko Medical Centre to see Kambwili.
“Authorities led by Maina Soko Medical Hospital Commandant stated to the delegation of President Lungu that they have been given strict attention to restrict access to see Chishimba Kambwili,” he stated.
He alleged that Kambwili was brought back to Zambia under unkown circumstances from Zimbabwe and was driven straight to Maina Soko Military Hospital.
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