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Zambia deports Chinese CEO of StarTimes over ‘derogatory language’

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Zambia deports Chinese CEO of StarTimes over ‘derogatory language’

The Zambian government has deported the Chinese chief executive officer of StarTimes in the country, Yi Jian, over “derogatory and abusive language”.

Yi Jian is the chief executive officer of TopStar Communications Company Limited, which is a joint venture between Beijing-based Star Times and the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).

According to BBC, Yi was deported on Thursday under a warrant signed by Interior Minister Stephen Kampyongo.

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He was removed from the country “because there were reasonable grounds to believe that his presence in Zambia and conduct were likely to be a danger to peace and good order”, according to immigration department spokesperson Namati Nshinka.

The Chinese executive was on record as having “used derogatory and abusive language, not only towards employees of Top Star, but also towards government officials, on multiple occasions”, he added

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Yi, who has not commented on the deportation, was also found to have broken the employment code, the government said.

He was deported to his country of origin via Kenneth Kaunda International Airport around 22:30 hours, aboard an Emirates Flight.

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