MILUPI Says “RB’s Immunity Must Be LIFTED. CORRUPT Actions Were Committed Under His DIRECTIVE and CHARGE” OPPOSITION ALLIANCE for Democracy and Development (ADD) president, Charles Milupi has said Parliament should help the executive in the fight against corruption by lifting the immunity on former president Rupiah Banda as it is becoming clear that most corrupt actions were committed under his directive and charge. The opposition leader said in Lusaka in an interview Monday 1/2 that President Michael Sata’s fight against corruption would be meaningless if the former president was not made to account for his actions while in office.
“The former president must be brought to book because the current president has done his part so far. We need all the three arms of Government to play their part in this fight, those in Parliament should reflect and ensure that Mr Banda’s immunity is lifted. ”Let’s not distort the intentions of the presidential immunity.
Presidential immunity is supposed to protect a former head of State for the genuine actions taken while in office. Presidential immunity is not about protecting actions done in personal, individual, selfish family interests,” he said. Mr Milupi said former president Banda should be made to account for all the corruption that was taking place under his administration. He said from the information and investigations so far, it was clear that those who were being investigated were working under the directive or charge of the former president. “Most of the things that are being investigated were done under his directive, it was under president Banda’s reign that they repealed the Anti-Corruption Act, and removed the abuse of office clause, it was under the same administration that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was directed to withdraw corruption cases from courts,” he said.
He has since called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to seriously reflect and lift the immunity of president Banda so that he could clear himself of all the allegations that have been leveled against him. “In fact I get worried when I hear some opposition political parties say that they will defend the former president in the House. The purpose of lifting the former president’s immunity is to ensure that the cases against him are taken to court and if there is no evidence then he is cleared,” he said.
He said it was pointless for the Government to investigate some of the former ministers who were clearly under instructions from the former president. Investigative agencies are investigating corrupt activities under the Rupiah Banda administration and so far several Cabinet ministers, who served under the former administration, are being probed with most investigations pointing to the former first family.
Among some cases that were under investigation include, the wrongly alleged sale of gold to a Swis business executive Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu, however, Buzaianu has been cleared of all allegations by President Sata, The alleged irregular sale of the parastatal Zamtel is still pending. Philanthropist Nicolae Buzaianu Meanwhile, Mr Milupi has expressed concern over the manner in which the Government was fighting corruption. He accused the Government of selectively prosecuting some former leaders from North-Western, Western and Eastern provinces. “Does it mean that other people from other provinces were not involved in this corruption? The Government should not be seen to be targeting certain regions,” he said.
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