Rupiah’s ‘political comeback’ scares PF – Chipimo

National Restoration Party (NAREP) President Elias Chipimo says it is possible that the prosecution of former President Rupiah Banda on corruption charges is aimed at completely ruling out any political comeback by the former president.

Mr Chipimo says it is possible that the PF are scared that Mr Banda, who only served 3-years of late President Mwanawasa’s final five year term could make a political comeback and decide to run for the presidency again.

He cites the way former late President Fredrick Chiluba to attempt by first republic president Kenneth Kaunda to make a political comeback in 1996.

Mr Chipimo says the State’s case against Mr Banda could face some problems looking at the way the charge has been framed, and that the fact that he has been charged with something which was not an offence at the time it is alleged to have been committed.

He adds that the former President’s cases raises serious constitutional issues which he says the High Court will have to determine.

Mr Chipimo states that from the outset, the signs are not looking good for the Director of Public Prosecutions’ office.

He says the continued investigation of the former president while he has already been charged, is to stop him in his tracts.

And Mr Chipimo implored all media personnel in Zambia to ensure that they accurately and diligently deliver factual information to the public.

Mr. Chipimo explains that the media plays a very important role in the enhancement of democracy and are generally trusted by sources even when some of them would adopt a partisan stance in their profession.

He adds that the public has so much confidence in the media and the more reason why there is need for all media professionals to remain honest, trust worthy and uphold the media ethics at all times.

The NAREP president stressed that the power that the media hold is very considerable and should always be used in service of the country not for character assassination or to promote a divisive agenda, but to allow the free flow of opposing ideas and views to be debated and considered against the back drop of some common concerns

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