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Chinese StarTimes CEO in Zambia deported for being abusive

The Zambian government has deported a Chinese media executive over “derogatory and abusive language”, a spokesman said.

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).

Mr Yi was deported on Thursday under a warrant signed by Interior Minister Stephen Kampyongo.

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

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

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