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SATA’s Deportation Ruling Soon

By Amalawi - Fri May 25, 6:17 am

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The Blantyre High Court says will soon rule on a case in which Zambian President Michael Sata sued the Malawi government for unceremoniously deporting him when he was Leader of Opposition in 2007.

Lilongwe based the deportation on the grounds that President Sata did not inform Malawi authorities on the purpose of the visit to Malawi.

However, speculations were rife that he had come to see former President Dr. Bakili Muluzi who had fell out with late President Bingu wa Mutharika therefore the visit did not please government.

“The deportation embarrassed me as I was made to travel by road from Blantyre to Mwami border, a distance of over 350 kilometers,” President was quoted as complaining then.

He then directed his Malawian lawyer Mr. Ralph Kasambara, now Minister of Justice and Attorney General, to prosecute the case.

But after Mr. Kasambara was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the case is now being handled by his law firm, Ralph and Arnolds.

“We are still prosecuting the case because our client has not advised us otherwise,” said lawyer Lusungu Gondwe.

According to Gondwe, both sides to the case finished making their submissions.

“The court heard submissions from the complainant and as the defense team; we are now waiting for a judgment on the matter. Justice Healey Potani of the Blantyre High Court is expected to deliver the ruling on the matter soon,” added Mr. Gondwe.

The Malawi government is yet to make an official apology to President Sata over the deportation as demanded by the Zambian leader.

Perhaps with a new government that official apology could be extended to Lusaka

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