7 February 2013

Zambia: Sakeni Backs ACC Over Rupiah Banda Summons

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(file photo) Former president Rupiah Banda inspects a guard of honour.

CHIEF Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has maintained that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is within the law to summon former Republican President Rupiah Banda for questioning.

Mr Sakeni, who is Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said in a statement yesterday that Mr Banda should appear before ACC as he was only immune to prosecution and not investigations.

"Let Mr Banda answer the corruption allegations levelled against him because there is nothing illegal that the law enforcement agencies have done," he said.

He advised those who wanted to play national politics to learn to be honest as misrepresentation of facts would not take them anywhere.

Meanwhile, the Law Association of Zambia says a committee was looking into the matter and would soon communicate its views to the public.

In another development, Mr Sakeni has urged Zambians to reject political parties like the United Party for National Development (UPND) that believe in violence.

He said yesterday that it was unacceptable for UPND Livingstone Central Parliamentary by-election campaign manager Garry Nkombo to insist that the party would use the 'Mapatizya formula' in the by-election as reported by some sections of the media.

He said Zambians were entitled to a free and peaceful atmosphere in choosing leaders in the forthcoming Livingstone Central and Mpongwe Parliamentary by-elections.

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