Monday, July 22, 2013

Andrew comes to Rupiah's defence
By Moses Kuwema
Tue 09 July 2013, 14:01 CAT

THE fears by the government that Rupiah Banda may flee the country are fears of a threatened little man, says his son Andrew.

Commenting on Vice-President Dr Guy Scott's defence of the cancellation of former president Banda's passport because he could disappear, Andrew wondered how his father could flee.

"How can my father flee this country? And go where? And do what where? Those are fears of a threatened little man. Is Henry Banda Rupiah Banda? Henry has his reasons why he has not come back. I was in India and I came back and I am in Chipata right now. You cannot judge the standard of another person just because he is his father," Andrew said.

Asked on the revelations that his father had waged a campaign against the PF government outside the country, Andrew asked for proof.

"Have they got proof of that? When the PF were in opposition, they were going all over embassies and discrediting the MMD government. Did you hear anybody's passport being taken away? Did you hear anybody being stopped and their passports being taken away? Let us be fair. What does the law say? The law must not apply to others and then others it must not apply. In any case this matter is in court, why is it being discussed openly by politicians?" wondered Andrew.

During a radio programme on Chipata's Breeze Fm on Friday, Vice-President Scott said the government did not want to look stupid if Banda disappeared from Zambia like his son Henry.

"The problem that we have is that we have a chap, Banda, who is facing charges… we have a chap whose son is being sought by the police for the last 18 to 20 months and has not appeared in Zambia and has not answered any callout. They have not even made his whereabouts known. Do you consider them a flight risk or not? I think it is only reasonable to say let us think about this thing and let us not let him disappear or go and start campaigning against us from outside like he is doing with Robert Amsterdam. They go to South Africa in order to hold a press conference against the PF. Or they write articles in newspapers against the PF in America," he said.

"We must take all factors into consideration. We will look stupid if he went off to some conference in Tanzania on smart partnership and we never saw him again. We will feel embarrassed. He is not locked up. He is free in Zambia but the question of leaving the country is a complicated one. It is not a simple one."

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