Fiery lawyer PLO Lumumba was on Saturday deported back to Kenya after being denied entry into Zambia where he had gone to deliver a talk on Chinese influence in Africa.

Zambia’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Dora Siliya wrote on Twitter that “The government through the immigration department has denied entry into Zambia of Prof Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan national, due to security considerations”.

The eloquent lawyer known to speak his mind was scheduled to deliver the talk at Eden University at a time when reports indicate that talks are underway for China to take over Zambia’s main electricity company, ZESCO, after defaulting on loan repayment.


Zambia President Edgar Lungu with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (Courtesy)


China’s influence in Africa is receiving strong criticism with the continent sinking into huge debts.

Lumumba, whose talks champion Pan Africanism and advocate against corruption, impunity and advocating for Africa’s economic independence was to deliver a talk entitled “Africa in the age of China influence and global dynamics”.


The Kenya School of Law director was held at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before being flown back home over what the government termed “security concerns.”