STEVEN MVULA, NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
PRESIDENT Lungu says Zambia is a sovereign state with the preserve to choose who should be allowed entry into its territory.
The President says “Zambia is for Zambians and its values are protected by Zambians themselves through the government”.
He said this at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka on Wednesday night shortly after arriving from Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, where he travelled to attend the fourth African Union Committee of 10.
This was in response to questions from journalists who wanted his comment on threats on Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili by Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri who is based in South Africa.
Prophet Bushiri has threatened to “sort out” Reverend Sumaili for denying Zimbabwean preacher Uebert Angel entry into Zambia.
“Zambia has the right to choose who comes in and goes out as a sovereign state. It is our preserve, it happens to all of us if a country does not want to host you,” President Lungu said.
The head of State said Government has a process of consulting and knowing what is happening and so its decisions are thorough.
“If the people charged with the responsibility of checking who comes and goes out of the country are not happy and they choose not to allow somebody, the idea is to talk to each other – to appeal. ‘Why can’t I be allowed? What wrong have I done? What measures do I put in place?’ instead of ranting,” President Lungu said.
He said every nation, institution and even a home has processes and procedures which should be followed.
“If you want to come to my home and I think you are of bad standing or of bad reports, I will choose not to allow you. And if you are keen, you are desperate, you really want to come in, talk to me and say why? But if you go ranting all over the world thinking that you are attending to my homestead, you are not,” Mr Lungu said.
On Sunday, Prophet Bushiri threatened Rev Sumaili and bishops Joshua Banda and Joe Imakando, accusing the latter of influencing the minister to deny him entry into Zambia to conduct prayers.
“I am warning you, I am coming there. If you have the power of arresting prophets, you must arrest me first, that is my father prophet Angel. You mess him up, I will mess you up,” Prophet Bushiri said as his followers cheered.