The Immigration Department has expressed ignorance about revelations by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba that he smuggled Kenyan nationals into the country to help the Patriotic Front (PF) conduct the Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) during the 2011 general elections.
Immigration Department Spokesperson, Namati Nshinka has told Qfm News in a telephone interview that the Department has also only learnt of the revelations through the media.
Mr. Nshinka said that at this stage, the Immigration Department has not made any decision whether or not to institute investigations into the claims. Mr. Nshinka was also reluctant to comment further on the matter, and could not state whether the Immigration Department will pursue the matter further.
Mr. Kabimba who recently made revelations has however challenged those calling for his arrest to state which law he broke.
Meanwhile, the Foundation for Democratic Process FODEP has joined calls for investigations on claims that Patriotic Front Secretary General Wynter Kabimba smuggled into the country Kenyans to illegally participate in the country’s 2011 elections.
Speaking in an interview FODEP executive director McDonald Chipenzi said the claims by Mr. Kabimba should be taken seriously as no one should be above the law.
Mr. Chipenzi noted that the PF Secretary General has confessed that he illegally snicked into the country foreign nationals hence breaking immigration laws therefore should be made accountable to the nation for the illegality.
He called on the immigration department to actively fellow up the claims by Mr. Kabimba as they are the department that is responsible with protecting the country’s boarders.
Mr. Chipenzi also emphasized the need for Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to ensure that it categorically state its position on the issue.
He said as an institution mandated to run elections in the country it is only fair that ECZ tells the nation what practical steps it is taking to ensure that Mr. Kabimba is accountable for his actions.
Mr. Chipenzi was commenting on the recent remarks by PF General Secretary Wynter Kabimba who said he smuggled Kenyans in country to participate in the elections.