6 December 2012

Zambia: Andrew Banda Engages New Lawyer for Graft Case

FORMER Republican President Rupiah Banda's son, Andrew has engaged another lawyer, Milner Katolo to represent him in a corruption case he is facing in a Lusaka magistrate's court.

This follows the recent withdrawal of Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota who cited conflict of interest in handling the matter in which business executive Antonello Locci, who was initially jointly charged with Andrew, was turned into a State witness.

When the matter came up yesterday before Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda, Andrew said he had engaged Mr Katolo of Milner Katolo and Associates to continue representing him.

Andrew is facing one count of gratification for giving assistance on contracts contrary to the Law.

Particulars were that Andrew, being First Secretary at the Zambian Embassy in Italy at the time and later Deputy High Commissioner to India, solicited and agreed to receive two per cent of all money paid to Fratelli Locci SRI by the Road Development Agency.

Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito had entered a nolle prosequi and Mr Locci was discharged.

Mr Locci in his testimony told the court that he was forced to sign an agreement by Andrew in which he asked for two per cent on contract payments in Zambia.

And Mr Locci's son, Alesandro, a technical director at Fratelli Locci SRI, testified that he met former President Banda at State House to discuss his company's intention to undertake road construction projects.

The matter has since been adjourned to tomorrow for cross examination.

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