South Africa High Commissioner to Zambia Moses Chikane has confirmed earlier revelations by the Watchdog that his country has refused to cooperate with Zambia over Former President’s son Henry Banda.
Chikane says Banda cannot be handed over to the Zambian authorities just because they are needed for questioning. The High Commissioner said that his government would need solid charges before extradition can take place.
“The Zambian authorities would need to use Interpol to secure any law-breaker, including the same Mr Banda,” Mr Chikane said. “But we cannot hand over someone to any government…it doesn’t matter which government just because they are wanted for questioning…we need solid charges before any extradition can take place…in this case, all we have heard is that the gentleman is wanted for questioning that’s all”, Chikane told the government funded and edited Zambia Daily Mail.
“We don’t foresee any diplomatic problems regarding this matter,” Mr Chikane said: “We just want things to be done properly and not extraditing someone in the absence of charges.”
“Our Bill of Rights, which we take very seriously, does not allow us to extradite people to countries that have a death penalty,” Mr Chikane said, and continued: “It doesn’t matter if somebody killed a hundred people, we can’t extradite them to a country with a death penalty,” he said.
While bigger media in Zambia have been fabricating stories that Henry Banda lives in one East African State House, the Watchdog has always reported that Henry Banda is in South Africa but that South Africa has refused to cooperate with Zambia.