Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

10 April 2013

Zambia: Hichilema Condemns Harassment Of Rupiah

United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema has condemned the move to block former President Rupiah Banda from travelling to Kenya to attend the inauguration of new leader Uhuru Kenyatta.

Hichilema said it was clear that the officers took unlawful orders.

"Once again, a court order has been overruled after the court handed him the passport," Hichilema said.

Former president Banda, who was accompanied by his wife Thandiwe, was stopped from

boarding the Kenya Airways plane to travel to Kenya yesterday on account that he would already miss the inauguration.

A non-governmental organization advocating for good governance and human rights, Zambian Voice, has also described as the worst kind of violation of human rights the blocking of former president Rupiah Banda's trip to Kenya.

Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali says what happened to Banda is not only humiliating to the former head of State but also an embarrassment to Zambia as a nation.

Tayali has further observed that it is also a shame on the Patriotic Front government that such an incident could have been allowed to happen to a former president.

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