A number of civil society organisations in Zambia have joined those that are opposed to the lifting of former president Rupiah Banda’s immunity.
The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) in Eastern Province has described calls to remove the immunity of fourth Republican President Rupiah Banda as a serious violation of the rule of natural justice.
CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxwell Nkhoma says the organization finds calls to remove Mr Banda’s immunity as premature because there is no evidence of corruption against him.
Mr Mwale explained that CSPR strongly believes that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other law enforcement agencies have not done enough up to this stage to show causes why the immunity of Mr Banda should be removed.
Mr Nkhoma said that there is need for law enforcement agencies to provide evidence to the public showing wrong doings by Mr Banda while he was in office.
CSPR has also demanded updates on investigations involving Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba and Defence Minister, Geoffrey Mwamba on alleged corruption if equality before the law is to be seen.
The Non Governmental Organisation Coordinating Committee (NGOCC), Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) and the Southern Centre for Constructive Resolution of Dispute (SACCORD) have all opposed the lifting of president’s Banda’s immunity.
And Eastern province MMD MPs serving in Sata’s government are also opposed to the lifting of former president Mr. Banda’s immunity.
MMD Provincial Secretary, Samuel Lugomo Phiri told ZANIS in interview that Mkaika constituency MP David Phiri, Kapoche’s Nicholas Banda and Nyimba constituency MP Forrie Tembo have continued to follow the party’s guidelines and do not support some of the ideas of the PF government, such as the lifting of immunity of former President, Rupiah Banda.
So far only the PF compromised mercenaries at the not so Transparent International Zambia (TIZ) have called for lifting of Mr. Banda’s immunity even before a case is established against him.
In an effort to divert attention from Sata’s failures and illness, the Post newspaper and their cartel have launched a campaign for the removal of Mr. Banda’s immunity.