State to confisticate James Banda’s passport as Nkhoma goes shopping in London

The state plans to confiscate the passport of former president Rupiah Banda’s son James when he appears in court on Wednesday.

Banda will stand accused of assaulting Noel Nkoma, the former spokesperson of Finance bank.

Latest information gathered by the Watchdog indicates that Nkhoma will not be in court as he is inUK.

Trouble started on October 12, 2011, at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel inLusaka when Banda beat up and soaked Nkhoma in the swimming pool for insulting him and his family.

Nkhoma reported Banda to the police. But the two agreed to settle the matter out of court with Nkhoma demanding K50 million. After the money was paid, Nkhoma withdrew the complaint.

But State House got wind of the incidence and ordered the police to reactivate the case and make sure it goes to court.

Sources say that even Nkhoma was shocked to hear that the matter had been taken to court. The K50 million richer Nkhoma was then preparing to leave forUK. He has since left.

The absence of Nkhoma has excited State House even more and wants to make sure James Banda’s passport is confiscated so that he does not travel out of the country again.

‘The plan is to embarrass James and also to cut his trips to his businesses,’ said a source.

With the complainant out of the country, the matter will not be withdrawn since he has to appear in person to withdraw the case.

That will mean that the matter will be postponed until Nkhoma returns but James will either be detained or given stringent bail conditions that will include surrendering the passport.

“But cameramen from the public media and allied private newspapers will be out in full force to take photos of James just to embarrass him,’ said another source.

Parallel information gathered by the Watchdog show that prior to the Pamodzi hotel scene, Nkhoma had emailed and sent text message to Banda insulting him.

The matter will be heard by Principal Magistrate Joshua Banda and James is represented by Lubinda Linyama.

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