19 February 2013

Zambia: Sakeni Says Govt Lacks Evidence Against Banda

According to a report published by the Lusaka Times, Chief Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has said that the Government is not ready to table a parliamentary motion to lift the immunity of former President Rupiah Banda.

Sakeni, who in recent days has heavily criticised the former president and other opposition members, said that the Patriotic Front government first needs time to put the facts together, adding that MPs cannot support the motion unless they are given convincing reasons as to why Mr Banda’s immunity should be lifted.

Mr Sakeni said that Government will tread cautiously before it can recommend that former republican President Rupiah Banda’s immunity against prosecution should be lifted by Parliament.

Mr Sakeni said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that although the public and concerned stakeholders were calling for the lifting of Mr Banda’s immunity, Government would deal with the matter cautiously.

“We cannot go to Parliament before putting our facts together. MPs cannot support the motion unless we give them convincing reasons as to why we should lift his immunity.

“We want the people to appreciate what we will do once we are through with the whole process,” he said.

He said Government had already indicated that it would take the matter to Parliament but it would not rush the process despite the pressure from the public and other concerned stakeholders.

Lusaka Times

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