PF says will punish Sata’s diplomat nephew



Langford Banda

Foreign affairs permanent secretary George Zulu says the PF government will punish Langford Banda, late president Michael Sata’s nephew.

Langford Banda, the second secretary of communications at Zambia’s UN mission was arrested in the United States last week for drunk driving.

Banda got drunk and slammed his car into a parked New York Police Department van in Queens last week, injuring two officers, according to USA media.

He is alleged to have lost control of his 2006 BMW and sideswiped the van on 180th Street near 90th Avenue shortly after midnight last Monday. Banda, 41 will not face criminal charges or even get a traffic ticket due to his diplomatic immunity. However, Zulu said the offence required that disciplinary action be taken.

“This is a serious offence he has committed and we are not going to tolerate people serving in other countries to fail to observe the rules and regulations that govern those countries. The rules are very clear. You are not allowed, not even their citizens, to drink and drive. It is an offence there, it is an offence here,” Zulu said. He said Zambia’s Ambassador to the UN Dr Mwaba Kasese-Bota had already given a preliminary report on what transpired and that police in the US were working on a report to be presented to the Zambian government.

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