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Rupiah Banda’s immunity restoration campaign launched

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A campaign to push for the restoration of immunity for former president Rupiah Banda has been launched.

Edwin Sakala president of the little known party – ZDDM aligned to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) is spearheading the campaign.

Sakala in a statement released to Zambian Eye today, December 17, 2015 signed by his Vice president Charles Kafumbo announced that his party starting December 21, 2015 will start collecting signatures to push for the restoration of Banda’s immunity.

He hopes to use the signatures to petition the Honourable speaker and members of Parliament when Parliament resumes sitting.

The launch will start from Chipata, the home town of Rupiah Banda.

The PF government under late president Michael Sata using Parliament in 2013 lifted Banda’s immunity so he could be prosecuted for alleged theft of public resources during his 2 and half years as president of Zambia. Justice Minister at that time Wynter Kabimba said Banda needed to explain the source of about 11 million dollars saying lifting the immunity was done in the interest of the country.

Former president Rupiah Banda is alleged to have spent 300, 000 dollars on shoes and 60, 000 dollars on branded bulbs, Kabimba stated in his motion calling for the lifting of the immunity from prosecution. Read more on the motion and debate by clicking here.

The Magisterate court however acquitted Banda saying there was no sufficient evidence though the Anti-Corruption Commission has expressed interest to appeal against the ruling.

Banda is now ‘god father’ of the new PF leader and president Edgar Lungu who he played a key role in his crucial election in January 2015 where he won with less than 2 percent.

Below is a full statement by ZDDM.

PRESS RELEASE

SUBJECT: ZDDM LAUNCHES RUPIA B. BANDA IMMUNITY RESTORATION CAMPAIGN

The ZDDM, will, starting next week Monday the 21st December, 2015 launch a signature collection to support our Rupiah Bwezani Banda (RB) immunity restoration petition to the Honourable speaker and honourable members of Parliament to be delivered to the honourable house when it resumes sittings. This will start in Chipata (Chiparamba) Eastern Province and move on to North-Western Province. We, have observed with grave concern that since the acquittal of the former 4th Republican President by the courts of law, his immunity restoration issue has been left hanging on the floor of the house and in our opinion, this is not good enough and as a people, we, have become accustomed that each time a president moves out of state house, he/she must have his/her immunity lifted. Falls prey to harassment, late President FTJ Chiluba was victim to the same harassment.

ZDDM wants to restore the dignity of our former leaders and ensure that posterity does not repeat itself by harassing former leaders, be it President Edgar ChagwaLungu, HakaindeHichilema or Edwin Sakala.

We appeal to all friends of Zambia and RB in particular to come on board and assistour campaign both morally, materially and financially. They can call us on +260 0973 178043 and +260 0977 621364 or deposit in CKAS Acc. No. 0111113001122111 Intermarket Bank, Main Branch Cairo Road.

ZDDM is fully aware that the lifting of the former President was a motion moved t the National Assembly by the late President MichealSata. We passionately appeal to our jubilee President, His Excellency Edgar ChagwaLungu to use all his powers conferred on him by the constitution of Zambia to restore the immunity of former President Rupiah Bwezani Banda.

Our campaign shall start at Chiparamba in Chipata, Eastern Province, move on to the North-Western Province, there on move to all the provinces. We, shall collect signatures from their royal Highnesses, the clergy, ordinary citizenry, students, etc.

We ask every peace loving Zambia to support/join the crusade.

Charles Kafumbo
Vice President

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