STATEMENT BY HON. MWANSA KAPEYA, MP, DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFORMATIO AND
BROADCASTING SERVICES ON FORMER PRESIDENT RUPIAH BANDA’S TRIP TO KENYA
Government wishes to clarify reports surrounding former President Rupiah Banda’s trip to Kenya where he was scheduled to attend the
inauguration of that country’s fourth President Mr Uhuru Kenyatta which took place today.
I wish to confirm that the Government Joint Investigation Team (GJIT) has been keeping Mr Rupiah Banda’s passport as part of the police bond conditions in his ongoing corruption and abuse of office cases
When his lawyers requested for the passport, the State complied with the court order and Mr Banda was given his passport last evening to enable him travel to Kenya today to attend the inauguration of that country’s fourth President.
However, Mr Rupiah Banda was booked on Kenyan Airways Flight KQ724 which was due to depart Kenneth Kaunda International Airport at 11:00hrs which is 12:00 hours East African time.
He should have arrived in Nairobi by 16:00 hours East African time.
Meanwhile, the inauguration ceremony in Nairobi started at 09:30 hours East African time and ended at noon.
Clearly, Mr Rupiah Banda was late for the function way before he even stepped his foot on the plane to leave for Kenya. We wonder the motive
behind his desire to fly to Kenya even when he knew too well that he was late and would have found the function long finished.
The country is aware that Mr Rupiah Banda was warned and cautioned by the GJIT for many other offences in which he is due to be arrested.
For that reason, immigration authorities at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport were within their rights to stop him from travelling if he is on the police watch list.
Hon. Mwansa Kapeya, MP
DEPUTY MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES
9th April, 2013