LUSAKA: Zambian investigators today summoned former president Rupiah Banda for questioning in a graft probe, a move that raised political tension in the southern African country.
Banda is immune from prosecution and faces no penalty if he does not appear due to protections afforded former presidents.
His Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) party, which ruled Zambia for two decades, said the summons was an attempt to destabilise the group.
Since defeating Banda in 2011, President Michael Sata’s government has launched several high-profile graft probes into deals struck by the former administration of Africa’s largest copper producer.
It has won convictions against a few Banda officials and been investigating suspected shortfalls in tax collection revenues from copper.