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Former IMS board chair seeks stay against deportation

FORMER Intelligent Mobility Solutions board chairman Walid El Nahas has applied for leave to commence judicial review proceedings in the Lusaka High Court over the refusal by the director general of the Immigration Department to renew his application for his residence permit and deport him to Lebanon.

El Nahas, who was jointly charged with corruption alongside former presidential press aide Amos Chanda and former Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko, wants the court to grant him leave for judicial review which should operate as a stay of the immigration’s decision to forcibly deport him to his country of origin.

According to a notice of motion for judicial review, El Nahas stated that he applied for the renewal of his residence permit but instead received a notice of rejection to his application.

He stated that he appealed against the decision to the director general of the immigration but the appeal was also rejected without giving him reasons for doing so.

El Nahas said he then appealed to home affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo but the appeal was again rejected, following which he applied for a temporal work permit of about three months to wind up his affairs in Zambia but the same had not been issued.

The applicant lamented that he would greatly be affected as his assets in the company as a going concern would be ruined if his application for renewal was completely rejected.

El Nahas contended that he will have no option to wind up his affairs in Zambia and his business Intelligent Mobility Solutions Limited where he has invested colossal sums of money.

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