The Fred Mmembe and Mutembo Nchito cartel are trying to frustrate former president Rupiah Banda’s invitation to attend the inauguration ceremony of Kenya’s fourth president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Sources close to Mr. Banda say the cartel that has always been jelous of Mr. Banda’s international recognition has refused to release his passport to travel to Kenya for the inauguration ceremony as one of the invited guests.
Mr. Banda has been invited by the Kenyan government and the Carter Centre to attend the ceremony on Tuesday this week and it is not clear so far if any PF Zambia government official has been invited for the same function as it faces international isolation.
The former Head of State Banda was the team leader for the Carter Centre during the Kenyan elections that saw Uhuru emerge victorious.
Mr. Banda, who is still widely respected internationally, is currently facing persecution by the cartel and his court case has been adjourned to 17th April way after the one day event in Kenya.
Former president Frederick Chiluba used to have his passport released under the late Levy Mwanawasa administration each time he wanted to travel on condition that he took it back to government on return.
Nairobi’s 60,000-seater Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, will host the April 9 swearing in ceremony of Kenya’s fourth President Uhuru Kenyatta and his designated deputy Mr. William Ruto.
The ceremony is expected to witness the tripartite presence of Kenya’s second President, retired Daniel Moi who took over from Uhuru’s father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in 1978.
The ceremony, which law decrees must take place between 10am and 2pm will also be President Kibaki’s last official public holiday function as outgoing Head of State.