Zambia’s ex-VP Mumba dismisses reports of arrest in Congo

Zambia’s former vice president and opposition leader, Nevers Mumba, has denied reports that he was arrested by authorities in the DR Congo.

But he said that he has been restricted from leaving the country because authorities wanted to establish the purpose of his visit.

Pastor Mumba is in Lubumbashi, according to a video he released to reporters.

« I have not been arrested. I have just been restricted until they do their preliminary investigations, trying to find out what exactly I’m doing in this country when there’s heightened political activity, » he said.

« I have been absolutely clear that nothing I have done contradicts provisions of the law of both Congo and Zambia. I came for business. I achieved what we came for… I did no politics in this country ».

Zambia’s Foreign Affairs minister, Joe Malanji, said that as a former vice president, pastor Mumba should have informed the government about his travel.

He added that any suggestions of intervention could be premature in the absence of official communication.

Local newspapers reported that Pastor Mumba was in Congo to solicit for funding from businessmen, a matter he did not address in the video.

It is unclear when Pastor Mumba will be released but unlikely that the situation may spark a diplomatic row between the countries.

Pastor Mumba, a former televangelist and vice president under the late Levy Mwanawasa, manages a former governing outfit, Movement for Multiparty Democracy, which was dislodged from power in 2011 after a 20-year stay.

The party is scraping by with only a few members of Parliament as several of its members jumped ship.

 

By MICHAEL CHAWE, in The East African, MONDAY DECEMBER 14 2020

2 thoughts on “Zambia’s ex-VP Mumba dismisses reports of arrest in Congo

  1. Since ALL see the Congolese territory as an elephant that is dismembered and where everyone comes to carve out a share, why can’t he, the former Zambian vice-president Nevers Sekwila Mumba, come and try his luck? Who knows if he will not succeed in establishing himself as the duke of a small corner of the so-called « democratic » Congo? While these fucken politicians in Kinshasa in search of a new positioning continue to distract us with each passing day.

    1. eKUM
      electronic Kum – « fucken politicians »
      You can just say THANK YOU to the Congolese secret service.

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