The South African opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters-EFF is calling on the Malawi Government to lift a purported ban it put on the party’s leader Julius Malema.
Malawi’s Home Affairs Minister Grace Chiuma, however, denies issuing the ban.
In a letter published on the EFF website, the party officials say Malema has done nothing wrong to deserve being refused entry into Malawi.
The party insists that Malema had no plans to visit Malawi on any condition.
This is however contrary to what representatives of the Transformation Alliance earlier told Capital FM that Malema was invited to the group’s general conference which was held in Blantyre on Friday.
The EFF also condemns what it terms as misleading and dishonest remarks which are alleged to have been made by Zambia’s Saviour Chishimba who is reported to have also been banned.
Chishimba is accused of creating an impression that he would be hosting the leader of the EFF in Malawi.
Who is Julius Malema?
Julius Sello Malema (born 3 March 1981) is the leader of the Economis Freedom Fighter, a South African political party, which he founded in July 2013.
He previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012.
Malema was a member of the ANC until his expulsion from the party in April 2012.
He occupies a notably controversial position in South African public and political life, having risen to prominence with his support for African National Congress president, and later President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma.
He has been described by both Zuma and the Premier of Limpopo Province as the "future leader" of South Africa.
Less favourable portraits paint him as a "reckless populist" with the potential to destabilise South Africa and to spark racial conflict