FORMER South African president Jacob Zuma is in the country on a ‘private’ visit.
President Edgar Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda confirmed in an interview with The Mast that Zuma was in the country on a ‘private’ visit which will, however, see him hold “private consultations” with the President Edgar Lungu.
“President Zuma is on a private visit; his visit is purely private. He will hold private consultations. Sometimes, there is what we call private public, but it’s purely private. During the private visit, he will hold private consultations with the President,” said Chanda who could, however, not state when Zuma arrived and how long he would be in the country.
“That detail is not available at the moment, what we can say at the moment is that it’s a private visit and he will hold private talks. Because of the private nature of the matter, we were not given the detail properly of the arrival times.”
According to sources, Zuma arrived yesterday morning for a private visit, during which he will meet President Lungu, first President Dr Kenneth Kaunda, among others.
Zuma, who was unceremoniously forced out of the presidency for corruption and abuse of power, was reportedly at the Latitude 15 after his arrival.
The former head of state is currently in court facing a litany of charges allegedly committed during his rule.
After his first appearance on April 8, a judge in the High Court in Durban adjourned the case related to a multibillion-dollar arms deal from the 1990s, to June 8.
Zuma, who made no comment in court, had tried for years to avoid prosecution in the case.