Maimane barred from entering Zambia

It’s understood Maimane was blocked from entering the country, at the Kenneth Kaunda Airport, where he’d planned to attend the treason trial of Hakainde Hichilema.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has been barred from entering Zambia.

It’s understood Maimane is still at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, but no reasons have been given as to why he cannot enter the country.

The opposition leader was due to attend the treason trial of Hakainde Hichilema, detained president of Zambia’s largest opposition party, the United Party for National Development.

The DA's Graham Charters says, “He had plans to attend the treason trial of the detained leader of the opposition there, but as Mr Maimane and his delegation landed on the tarmac at the airport immigration officials blocked him from getting off the plane and now they have sought to deport him back to the country.”