Sakeni refutes claims of Govt intending to revoke opposition leaders’ passports

sakeni12Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has refuted assertions that the ruling Patriotic Front would consider revoking the passports of leaders of the MMD, UPND, ULP and ZDDM following their recent trip South Africa were they petitioned the Commonwealth to suspend Zambia’s membership for alleged human rights abuses.

Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has refuted assertions that the ruling Patriotic Front would consider revoking the passports of leaders of the MMD, UPND, ULP and ZDDM following their recent trip South Africa were they petitioned the Commonwealth to suspend Zambia’s membership for alleged human rights abuses.

Mr. Sakeni has told Qfm in a telephone interview that such assertions are unfounded as it is not the desire of the PF government to suppress citizens by revoking their passports.

Mr. Sakeni who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister says the PF government has not made any such decision regarding the alleged revocation of passports of the four opposition leaders.

During their press conference in Johannesburg Dr. Nervous Mumba, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, Mr. Sakwiba Sikota and Mr. Edwin Sakala suggested that Zambia be suspended from the commonwealth pending the outcome of an independent investigation of the country’s human rights record by an appointed envoy.