Lawyers representing former president Mr. Rupiah Banda have been granted an injunction restraining parliament from hearing the motion on the lifting of his immunity.
The injunction has since been served on the Clerk of National Assembly this afternoon.
A motion to remove Mr. Banda’s immunity has since been circulated to all MPs for presentation and determination through a vote tomorrow, Friday 15, 2013.
But Mr. Banda’s lawyers among them, Sakwiba Sikota applied and were granted an injunction this afternoon that has since been served on the Clerk of National Assembly.
Among the grounds of the injunction are that no charges have so far been presented to Mr. Banda to warranty the parliamentary motion.
Further, Mr. Banda’s Lawyers have argued that it is only the sitting president Mr. Michael Sata who is eligible to present the motion to parliament because he is the one who knows what was happening in the president’s office.
But in this case, PF wants Justice Minister Winter kabimba to present the motion to parliament instead of Mr. Sata, as was the case with late Levy Mwanawasa who presented and removed late Frederick Chiluba’s immunity.
Watchdog recently revealed that the cartel holding president Sata hostage, comprising Post newspaper owner Fred Mmembe, DPP Mutembo Nchito, Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba have prepared a 30 paged dossier citing allegations of corruption by Mr. Banda. See story here.
A few days later, the Post reported that they had had concluded investigations and were now waiting for the lifting of Mr. Banda’s immunity.
Some MPs from the UPND and MMD who are serving in the PF have all agreed to sell the former president for pieces of silver.
Today at 10 hours, PF MPs and their deputy minsiters from the opposition had a caucaus meeting where they agreed to vote in favour of lifting the immunity.