LUSAKA: Watchdog Transparency International Zambia said today that it supports calls for lifting the immunity of the country’s former president Rupiah Banda so that he can answer corruption charges.
TIZ executive director Goodwell Lungu told AFP that TIZ supports calls to have the immunity of president Banda removed, saying this will accord him an opportunity to clear his name against all the corruption charges that he is associated with.
In the past week, some civil society organisations and government officials have called for stripping Banda, who took office in 2008 but lost power during the 2011 elections to Michael Sata, of his immunity so that he answer corruption charges.
On Thursday, President Sata said that Banda was in South Africa to seek political asylum, but Banda denied late yesterday that his trip to South Africa was to seek political asylum.
One of Banda’s lawyers, Sakwiba Sikota, said earlier this month his client would not appear before an anti-corruption panel because he enjoys presidential immunity for any offences committed during his time in office.