NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 30 – Professor PLO Lumumba was forced to take a flight back to Kenya from Zambia after he was denied entry due to security reasons.
Lumumba, who is the Executive Director of the Kenya School of Law, was due to deliver a talk on Chinese influence in Africa.
On arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International airport in Lusaka, however, he was refused entry before being deported back to Kenya.
Lumumba’s planned talk entitled “Africa in the age of China influence and global geo dynamics” followed growing anger at Beijing’s grip on the economy of the southern African nation.
China is the main investor in Zambia as it is in several other African countries and with its offers of “unconditional” aid, most public tenders are awarded to Chinese bidders.
In Lusaka and across the country, China is busy constructing airports, roads, factories and police stations with the building boom largely funded by Chinese loans.