Calls to lift RB’s immunity immature- Mtayachalo
The opposition MMD on the Copperbelt says calls to lift former President Rupiah Banda’s immunity are premature and unnecessary.
MMD Copperbelt Province Information and Publicity Secretary Yotam Mtayachalo said it is immature to call for the lifting of the the immediate past Republican President Banda ‘s immunity because there are no legitimate grounds to warrant such action.
The MMD further charged that former President Banda’s immunity can not be lifted over mere allegations unless a strong evidence was established against him.
Mr. Mtayachalo was saying this at a press briefing held at the Party’s secretariat in Kitwe today.
He has also advised Zambians and the ruling PF Government not to exert unnecessary political pressure on investigative wings of government so that they can do a good job.
However, Mr Mtayachalo said the MMD on the Copperbelt was in support of any well intended measure designed to fight corruption but measures put in place should not be meant to settle political scores in the name of fighting corruption.
He observed that it was clear that the majority of Zambians were against the culture of removing immunity of former presidents, a tendency that leaves them labeled as corrupt leaders which he observed that it was not health for the nation.
And Mr Mtayachalo advised the PF Government the channel the limited national resources which are being spent on commissions of inquiry to strengthen governance institution such as the Police, Drug Enforcement Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission and the Auditor General’s Office to help them operate effectively.
He further advised Government to put in place watertight financial controls to prevent public officers from abusing public funds.
Meanwhile, Mr Mtayachalo has cautioned Information and Broadcasting Tourism Minister Given Lubinda against using demeaning and provocative language against former Vice President George Kunda through the Public Media.
He said the former vice president and the MMD mighty have misused the public media but that does not mean that they should not be accorded space in the public the media.
Mean while Mr Mtayachalo has criticized government’s recently announce plans to start importing finished petroleum products from neighbouring Angola saying the move would destroy the business viability of Indeni Oil Refinery and Tazama Pipeline unless government puts in measures to protect the two companies from unfair completion.
He added that importation of finished petroleum products would lead to the closure of the two energy companies and other related companies that depend on these companies there by resulting in massive job loses in the country.