Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema says the summoning of former republican president Rupiah Banda for questioning only proves that the ruling Patriotic Front has no regard for the rule of law.
Hichilema who is facing defamation of the president charges, said it was funny how the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) could go ahead and serve Banda with a writ of summon disregarding the constitution immunity that the former head of state enjoys.
Hichilema has accused the PF of having brought nothing but distraction of the rule of law to the country.
“The PF government should stop exhibiting desperation and concentrate on more important national issues that need urgent attention.
And MMD National Women’s Chairperson Faustina Sinyangwe has accused the PF government of ruining the country.
She expressed concern at the level of intolerance by the PF government stating that if the alleged PF brutality continued, the women in MMD would rise and protest.
Meanwhile, Operation Young Vote (OYV) says it is very unfortunate that investigative wings are seen to be moving away from being professional to becoming political tools.
Organization Executive Director Guess Nyirenda has wondered why the Anti Corruption Commission has decided to go quite on corruption allegation involving the two cabinet ministers, Wynter Kabimba and Geoffrey Mwamba.
Nyirenda said it was unfair that the investigative wings to subject the former Head of State to interrogations.
The joint government investigations team spokesperson Namukolo Kasumpa has said police are exploring the next course of action following Mr Banda’s decision to ignore the summon by ACC director-general Rosewin Wandi.
And police in riot gear blocked Government Road leading to the DEC offices, where the former head of State was scheduled to appear yesterday.
The police officers, who were camped at the offices as early as 07:00 hours, diverted traffic to alternative routes. The officers kept vigil until about 10:30 hours when they dispersed.
On Wednesday, the former head of State said through his lawyer, Sakwiba Sikota, said he would not appear before the investigations team because his summoning is unconstitutional and he did not want Banda to be subjected to a ‘media trial’.