South Africa’s EFF leader Julius Malema has come out in the open saying that the news of his ban to enter Malawi has left him confused as he does not know the reason he has been banned from the country and was ignorant of the fact that he was supposed to speak at a conference in the country.
In a Twitter post Malema said: “I never spoke good or bad about the government of Malawi or the president of that country, but I’m told the government of Malawi banned me.”
On his scheduled visit to Malawi, he said: “Even that was not in my plans. But for what have I been banned because I was never scheduled to speak in Malawi.”
The EFF leader explained that the day he was supposed to be on his way to Malawi (Thursday August 24, 2017) he was in Limpopo attending to a funeral.
The organizers of the conference Transformation Alliance announced that they have invited Zambian opposition Leader Dr Saviour Chishimba and Malema to the conference with Chishimba confirming that he was scheduled to come to Malawi but has cancelled his plans due to security risks.
However, later there were reports alleging that Malawi Government has issued a letter declaring the two personae non gratae and that they are not supposed to be allowed to enter the country.
Malawi’s Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Obama Chiuma allegedly issued the letter addressed to South African Airways, the country’s Immigration Office and National Intelligence Bureau to deny Chishimba and Malema entry into the country.
“Please take notice that in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 4 (1) (h) of the Immigrant Act, I declare the following persons to be prohibited immigrants to Malawi,” reads part of the letter.
Chiume has since distanced Malawi Government from the said letter while TA leader former cabinet minister Moses Kumkuyu is yet to explain himself on the announcement that came from his group.
The announcement even left the Malema’s party the EFF equally confused, not knowing what is going on, according to The Citizen news report.