Government has revoked the diplomatic passport for former president Rupiah Banda in President Michael Sata and his cartel comprising chief propagandist Fred M’membe, Mutembo Nchito and Wynter Kabimba’s continued humiliation of the fourth Head of State.
Home Affairs permanent secretary Willie Manjimela has confirmed the situation and that the immigration in all borders have been instructed not to entertain Banda’s passport whenever it has been presented.
Manjimela said Banda’s passport D-001224 has been canceled and it has ceased to have effect at any border entry points.
The decision has been attributed to criminal investigations and court cases that the former president is currently facing although the Zambian laws presumes anyone innocent until proved guilty.
However, the behaviour of Zambian authorities suggests Banda is not getting a fair trial as he has already been found guilty and the trial currently before court is only an academic exercise.
Banda is charged with corruption in the procurement of oil with a Nigerian firm and is also being investigated in various instances that the PF is failing to come up with any form of evidence to bring before court.
Sata and the cartel holding him hostage have twice ignored a court order and stopped Banda from travelling for official duties outside the country. This included attending a the inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and a conference in South Africa.