FORMER President Rupiah Banda has been allowed to start contempt proceedings against immigration officials who blocked him from travelling to South Africa to attend a conference on Friday last week.
Lusaka High Court judge-in-charge Jane Kabuka permitted Mr Banda to start contempt proceedings against Immigration Department director general Moola M
ilomo and officer Peter Mwansa in Lusaka yesterday.
Mr Banda has asked the Lusaka High Court to commit to prison Mr Milomo and Mr Mwansa for disregarding and disrespecting a court order which permitted him to travel out of the country.
“Upon reading the application and upon hearing counsel for the applicant (Mr Banda), it is ordered that leave be and is hereby granted to commence contempt proceedings against the alleged conterminous,” Mrs Justice Kabuka said.
This is contained in an ex-parte leave to commence contempt proceedings filed in the Lusaka High Court by Mr Banda’s lawyers.
Justice Kabuka has not yet set dates when the contempt proceedings will start.
The action to stop the former head of State from travelling to South Africa was condemned by the Law Association of Zambia who described steps by immigration officers as not only being illegal but also directly bordering on contempt of court.