Zambia ‘Fishing’ for Case on Banda

rupiah-banda-zambia-reports-decFollowing a second day of questioning before the investigative wings, a lawyer for Former President Rupiah Banda said the authorities seem to be “fishing” for a case, as the questioning has been speculative and uncoordinated.

Speaking outside the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) offices this afternoon, Banda, who appeared resilient during the briefing, said the State’s case would end in failure.

Banda said that he is innocent of all the accusations put toward him by the ruling Patriotic Front government.

“Very soon, this will come to an end. I have very competent lawyers. It is obvious that I am just being mistreated. I did not do those things. When I was President I tried to make things better,” he said.

Some media have indicated that a heavy police presence at Woodlands was a sign that the government had intended to place former President Banda under arrest, though the grounds for doing so are still unclear.

And Banda’s lawyer Sakwiba Sikota said the process was a waste of taxpayers’ money and resources.

“This exercise is a waste of taxpayers’ money and government resources. It will not yield anything,” he said.

Sikota wondered why the investigative wings were dragging on with the interview process when the Justice Minister declared before the house that investigations had been concluded and the State was ready to prosecute him.

“What is surprising is that these investigations are dragging when the Minister of Justice said the investigations were concluded,” Sikota said.

“That is why we said this will be a very long affair because they have nothing against the former president. This is when they are trying to fish something. It will end up being a failed case for the State.”


  1. dorothy

    God is seeing all the wrong doing and mistreatment of innocent pipo and one day someone will cry. God bless and protect RB


      My God will not protect thieves! What sort is yours?

      • Bondoki

        What do you call those who stole votes by cheating that they can turn around the fortunes of this country in 90 days? Thieves and conmen!!


          Frame up charges TAKE THEM TO court…Still MY GOD WILL NOT PROTECT THEM!
          If yu cant take them to court then you are a coward!

      • Bobby Joe

        Uli tole sana chikala mwana shetani iwe.

  2. Chabo

    The timing of interviewing RB on Friday is actually to lock him for the week end.To M’membe,Kabimba and Michael this is the one thing that will make them happy.They know that at the end they have nothing worthwhile to prosecute RB.RB should prepare his mental faculties to be locked up with common criminals at Woodlands or Emmasdale Police Cells on Friday.

    • webby

      He m,ust call in sick on Friday and just appear on Monday. Best strategy out. Let him get “BP” on Thurday night, get hospitalised for obervation at Kawimbe’s hospital at 6 30 AM. The send Lwayers to say he is sick and will report on Monday. Finished. Refuse any Friday interrogation. Full stop

  3. Mphangwe

    This brand of mistreatment of our RB by Sata and his PF is actually a mistreatment being meted to the people of Eastern Province. We are walking with our heads bowed down. We may smile in public but “mano ndi mafupa chabe” or “ameno mafupa”

    Apparently, it is surprising that the plight of Zambians under Sata’s tyranny has to receive the sympathy from a long distance voice of the Nigerian President. The SADC leaders have taken a head in the sand attitude wearing a cloak of “non-interference into another country’s affairs”. We the people of Zambia are really missing Nelson Mandela’s lone voice of reason. Nyerere also had the guts to speak out against tyranny, MHSRIP.

  4. Iyeee...

    Do these guys realize that locking up RB won’t add on food on our table but remove it from our table to feed Mutembo and Nchima’s already bulged tummies.

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