THE Immigration Department at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) yesterday withdrew a diplomatic passport from former Minister of Defence Geoffrey Mwamba because he is no longer entitled to one, spokesperson Namati Nshinka has said.
And United Party for National Development (UPND) Lubansenshi parliamentary by-election candidate Patrick Mucheleka yesterday failed to report to Luwingu Police Station to assist with investigations in the assault of the Luwingu district commissioner Patrick Chanda by suspected party cadres.
Immigration officers intercepted Mr Mwamba, who is UPND vice-president for administration, who wanted to board an Emirates Airlines flight to Harare.
Mr Nshinka told the Daily Mail in an interview that it is not true that Mr Mwamba was arrested as alleged on social media.
“I wish to categorically state that the former Minister of Defence, Mr Mwamba, was not arrested at KKIA. His diplomatic passport was merely withdrawn and he was advised to apply for a normal one,” Mr Nshinka said.
He said the immigration department will ensure that Mr Mwamba gets a new passport in the quickest possible time.
“Our officers followed procedure and advised Mr Mwamba to get a passport befitting his current status. He is at liberty to get a new passport.’ And Northern Province acting commissioner of police Lackson Sakala said in a separate interview yesterday that Mr Mucheleka could not report to Luwingu Police Station because he was waiting for his lawyer to arrive in Luwingu.
He said police have asked Mr Mucheleka to report to Luwingu Police Station at 08:00 hours so that he can assist the police with investigations.