LUSAKA (AFP) — Zambia’s Supreme Court will next week decide whether a British writer who described President Levy Mwanawasa as a fool should be deported, a court clerk said Thursday.“Judgement is set for January 24” in the case against Roy Clarke, a court clerk told AFP.
Clarke was issued with a deportation order in 2004 after he wrote a satirical article in the privately owned daily The Post in which he referred to Mwanawasa as “Mawelewele”, a word for a fool in local dialect.
However, the Lusaka high court blocked his deportation on the grounds that it was against freedom of expression as enshrined in the Zambian constitution.
The Zambian government appealed against the decision to the Supreme Court, asking to be allowed to deport Clarke because he was a danger to society.
Clarke is married to a Zambian women’s rights activist and has lived in the southern African country for more than three decades.
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