Friday, March 08, 2013

Lift Rupiah's immunity, probe team asks govt

Lift Rupiah's immunity, probe team asks govt
By Staff reporters
Fri 08 Mar. 2013, 14:00 CAT

THE team investigating former president Rupiah Banda's corruption has asked the government to lift his immunity. According to sources, the investigators have concluded their work and have established that there were some issues Banda should explain in a number of transactions.

Last month, the Anti-Corruption Commission asked Banda to avail himself for questioning over a number of questionable transactions he is believed to have been involved in but he declined.

Banda argued that he had immunity and could not be made to answer any questions relating to what he did during his tenure of office as president of the Republic of Zambia.

Last week, Banda who is currently in Kenya asked those calling for the lifting of his immunity to leave him alone to enjoy his retirement.
Banda warned that lifting his immunity would set a bad precedent.
He also said he did not like the idea of lifting his immunity because it was detrimental to the development of the country.

According to sources, the investigators have done all the necessary work required to take the matter to court and have Banda prosecuted for corruption.

The investigators, according to the sources, cannot proceed any further in their work while Banda's immunity is still in effect, hence their request to the government to have it lifted.

The sources further revealed that substantial amounts of evidence had been gathered and what remained now was to proceed to court once Banda's immunity is lifted.

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