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Children of Deported Businessman Challenge Zambian Minister Lungu

Edgar LunguThe two children of deported businessman Mustafa Simwaya and Asia Simwaya have dared home affairs to deport Vice-President Guy Scott when he commits an offence like the way government has deported their father, Abdul Rwigara Simwaya.

And the children have revealed that their father has been rejected in Rwanda and that he is now stranded in Kenya.

Expressing their disgust at the deportation of their father, the duo contended that Simwaya is not the only Zambian of foreign origin but that there are many including those serving in the current administration such as Dr Scott.

“For instance, if the Vice President Guy Scott was suspected of committing a crime would he be deported to Britain? The answer is no. We further, wonder why the minister failed to constitute an inquiry which option the minister gave to our father as provided for in the law. Why would the minister overrule his own decision to establish an inquiry into the matter? The reason for failure to institute an inquiry is because he knows the truth would have come out. There is something the minister is not telling the nation and instead he is hiding in the name of security. After all these years our father has only become a threat to security today,” the duo state.

Government deported Abdul Rwigara Simwaya, a former close partner of late president Levy Mwanawasa to Rwanda last week. Simwaya came to Zambian in 1979 and has been doing business for the past 25 years. Simwaya is a business partner of TAZARA managing director Aka Mbikusita Lewanika and Mbita Chitala.

He has been running a number of businesses including bureau de changes. But the Zambian government accused him of being a terrorist with close links to East Africa Al Shabaab network. Home Affairs Minister, Edgar Lungu, announced the deportation of Simwiya, 69

But the children noted that home affairs minister Edgar Lungu neglected to respect the truth by telling lies about their father, and without following the due process of law.

“As we speak the Rwandan government has rejected our father and he is stuck in Kenya and we are not sure of what is going to happen to him. We will hold the government responsible if anything happens to him. It is really strange that a government cannot protect its own citizens and chose to harass them. We have information that the minister has been visited by foreigners living in Zambia who have been influencing this deportation and issuing damaging statements on our father.

“Our father is a Zambian and his citizenship was acquired after exhausting all procedures, therefore, the Zambian government must protect him and not harass him. At his age of 69 years he has never committed any crime. He has no capacity to even kill a fly then minister indicates that he was threatening people’s lives. This does not make sense and we challenge the Minister to tell the nation which threats were made and who he was threatening.

“Firstly, our father came to Zambia in 1966 and he lived in this country since then and subsequently, followed all procedure to apply for citizenship. He was awarded Zambian citizenship in 1986, twenty six years ago. He has lived in Zambia for 46 years and he has been a law abiding citizen. At no time has our father been arrested for any criminal offence any where. Our father was interviewed by the citizenship board and declared all this information. He explained to the board that to allow him to be able to travel he got documents from DR Congo because he left his country of origin at the age of 16 years when there was civil strife in Rwanda,” they argue.

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