Friday, April 06, 2012

Present evidence against Henry to SA -Saccord

Present evidence against Henry to SA -Saccord
By Bright Mukwasa
Fri 06 Apr. 2012, 13:54 CAT

SACCORD has urged police to begin legal proceedings against Rupiah Banda's son, Henry, using the South African legal system if they have a solid case against him. Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes information officer Obby Chibuluma said in an interview that if police had sufficient evidence of wrong doing on Henry's part, they must travel to South Africa and interview him.

"South Africa is not very far, they can go there, interview him and possibly begin proceedings within the South African judicial system of getting Mr Banda here in Zambia. The idea of running to Interpol and hoping Interpol is going to force other countries to have him arrested and deported is not going to help us," Chibuluma said.

"They need to focus their energies on South Africa and ensure that if political
processes cannot help, they need to ensure that they go to court and produce the evidence that is required for the courts in South Africa to order for Mr Banda to be deported or extradited to Zambia.

We know that South Africa has been doing that in several countries they have also been requesting other countries to extradite their people who are accused of crimes in South Africa so there is nothing different with Zambia doing the same so let them focus their energies on going to South Africa provide the evidence and ask for Mr Banda to be brought to Zambia so that he can face the charges within our courts and answer to those allegations that the police have against him."

Chibuluma said it would not help the country to seemingly continue politicking on Henry Banda if there was wrong doing on his part.

"Zambia police should stop wasting taxpayers' money looking for Henry Banda in places where they clearly know that he's not there. There has been consistent information within the public that Mr Banda is in South Africa and he has been there for quite some time and they have decided to mislead Zambians by talking of him in places where he clearly he hasn't been for some time," said Chibuluma.

South African High Commissioner to Zambia Moses Chikane told the Zambia Daily Mail that the Zambian authorities would need to use Interpol to secure any law breaker, including Henry.

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