Politics

Banda’s Lawyer Canes PF over ACC Summons

Rupiah BandaThe recent summoning of former President Rupiah Banda by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been denounced as a political ploy his supporters.

Banda, who as a former head of state enjoys immunity from prosecution, was summoned via a letter signed by ACC Director-General Rosewin Wandi on Monday, February 4th. While the nature of the investigation has not been disclosed, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy has denounced the summons as illegal, while Banda’s attorney Robert Amsterdam has described the summons as an attempt to do a trial by headline of the former head of state.

“This letter forms part of a wider crackdown against the rights of the opposition, and is clearly an attempt by a morally bankrupt regime to hold trial by headline,” said Amsterdam in a press release distributed to media today. “The political manipulation of the ACC by the Patriotic Front (PF) government is a sad commentary on the present state of affairs in Zambia.”

Last December, President Michael Sata publicly threatened Ms. Wandi telling her that the ACC would have to ask permission to investigate PF government ministers.  This move was criticised by the Law Association of Zambia.

“Unfortunately, in Zambia today under the PF, the anti-corruption campaign has itself become discredited and corrupted as a tool of political persecution judging by the arbitrary selection of targets, inaction on cases of actual substance, and the fundamental lack of evidence,” said Amsterdam. “This latest absurdity concerning former President Banda cannot be taken seriously.”

The current MMD President Nevers Mumba also commented that the ACC is acting at the behest of the ruling party.  “We know that the directive is from President Sata, as he had indicated in the case of Mr. Wynter Kabimba, that the ACC must not summon anyone of high standing without his knowledge.  MMD considers this action as part of the on-going harassment of MMD Leaders, with the hope of destabilizing the Party.”

4 Comments

  1. Percy

    But who is this Amsterdam to be making such disrespectful coments on an elected government of a sovreign state? I think this guy is mad. Can GRZ plz not allow lunatics into our country. Not even Sikota wina can go to America and call the U.S government with such insults. The P.F government may be wrong in it’s aproach to issues. but allowing fools to coment any how they like is shameful on the part of goverment. I think this idiot Amsterdam or whatever his name is should be bannes from ever setting foot in Zambia. If he does, he should be arrested and charged with insulting our elected government or trison or conduct likely to cause breach of the peace.

    • Mary

      But Percy, he’s Rupiah’s lawyer, mwa wat you want him to do?

      Besides – he’s completely right! Get these scoundrels out of state house now!

    • Lasi

      I do not know how you look at things if you need respect it is you to show respect first to others. Our government deserves this I do not regret this is the best they can receive.

    • cha cha

      percy you are the one who is a fool and an idiot

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