An attempt by the clique controlling president Michael Sata to lock up former president Rupiah Banda over the weekend has failed.
His lawyers told the police that they are busy and therefore their client could not appear for questioning today. The lawyers told the police that Mr Banda will only go the DEC offices on Monday.
Officers from the Joint investigative Team had gathered at DEC offices as early as 7 hours and the place was surrounded by anti-riot police. Even journalists from government newspapers and allied publications were at DEC offices but the former president didn’t show up.
Mr. Banda was expected to appear for a final brief questioning at the DEC offices and depending on the directives from Mmembe and the clique that is running a parallel government in the absence of the ailing president Michael Sata, he would have been taken to Woodlands police station for formal arrest.
He was supposed to be arrested on Wednesday, but conflicting orders between Mmembe and the ‘absent’ Zambian president saved him.
He is likely to be charged for MMD campaign materials such as chitenges, lollipops and balloons, the Nigerian oil deal, and the Mpundu Trust loan for the wife.