Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

Wednesday, March 31, 1999 Published at 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK

World: Africa

Former Zambian president made stateless

A court in Zambia has ruled that the country's former president, Kenneth Kaunda, is officially stateless.

The judge told a packed courtroom that Mr Kaunda, who was born to Malawian parents, had failed to apply for Zambian citizenship, and had no legal right to be Zambian.

Correspondents say the court's decision would enable the government to deport Mr Kaunda.

Lawyers for the former president have said they'll appeal. Analysts say they believe the government may be trying to remove Mr Kaunda from the political scene at a time when some of his supporters have been calling for his return to politics.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage |

Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia

In this section

Dam builders charged in bribery scandal

Burundi camps 'too dire' to help

Sudan power struggle denied

Animal airlift planned for Congo

Spy allegations bug South Africa

Senate leader's dismissal 'a good omen'

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Zimbabwe constitution: Just a bit of paper?

South African gays take centre stage

Nigeria's ruling party's convention

UN to return to Burundi

Bissau military hold fire

Nile basin agreement on water cooperation

Congo Brazzaville defends peace initiative

African Media Watch

Liberia names new army chief