STATEMENT BY HON. KENNEDY SAKENI, MP, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON FORMER PRESIDENT RUPIAH BANDA’S LAWYER ROBERT AMSTERDAM’S INSULTS
Government wishes to register its utmost disappointment with former President Rupiah Banda for using his lawyer Robert Amsterdam to attack and insult the people of Zambia.
Lawyers speak on behalf of their clients. The insults from Mr Amsterdam, as reported in the media, are therefore, from Mr Banda.
This is unacceptable and unbecoming of a man who once swore to uphold the Republican Constitution and protect the people of Zambia as Head of State.
Zambians are not idiots and the former President should not hide under Amsterdam.
When he was privileged to serve as President of the Republic of Zambia, was he presiding over idiots as he is calling them now.
And when he was campaigning for the Presidency during the 2011 tripartite elections, was he campaigning to lead a pack of idiots?
We wonder why the former Head of State is panicking to the extent of using fronts such as his lawyer to insult the dignity and integrity of the Zambian people.
Mr Banda should wait for the due process of the law to clear his name if there is nothing wrong he did while in office rather than insult innocent Zambians.
The people of Zambia do not deserve to be ridiculed and insulted for asking the former President to account for their resources they privileged him to preside over when he was in office.
A lawyer worth his calling, needs to know that presidential immunity is in the prosecution not in investigation. Therefore, if necessary, immunity can be lifted at prosecution stage.
The former President therefore needs to face the investigative agencies for purposes of investigation and not plead immunity at this stage.
The people of Zambia deserve answers, not insults, to the many questions of plunder of their resources traced to Mr Banda while he was in office.
This Government re-iterates its commitment to the rule of law in the governance of the country. And this includes bringing all those who plundered public resources to account for their actions through the due process of the law.
Hon. Kennedy Sakeni, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON
21st February, 2013