Henry Banda using 2 passports
KENYAN police commissioner, Mathew Iteere, has said that son of former Zambian president Rupiah Banda, Henry used two different passports for entry and exit while official records indicate that he left the East African country on November 23, last year.
According to the Daily Nation of Kenya quoting Mr Iteere: “Since then, there are no records to show that he has visited again.”
Contrary to this, the newspaper recently visited one of the business executives who is said to have links with Henry in Spring Valley, Nairobi and learnt that the son of the former president instead left the country on January 26 and it was not known when he would be back.
Mr. Iteere was quoted as saying that should it turn out that Henry was still in that country as claimed by Zambian authorities, he then must have gained entry using an illegal route.
Kenyan police have been looking for Henry following a request by Zambia through the global police organisation, Interpol, to have him for alleged corruption.
“If he is in Kenya, he did not pass through designated entry points. We did enquiries and established that he visited Kenya three times last year and left,” Mr Iteere is further quoted as saying.
He said records showed that Henry used two passports on different occasions, with the last update showing he left Kenya on November 23 last year.
The Daily Nation reports that the Kenyan police commissioner corrected reports by his Zambian counterpart Martin Malama which indicated that Henry was hiding in Kenya.
“The report I got from Zambia does not indicate that he is in Kenya.
It says that Mr Banda had left South Africa and could be headed to Kenya,” Mr Iteere said
Kenyan police have been on the lookout for Henry though they were not keen to arrest him immediately so as not to break international laws and procedures.
The newspaper states that Kenyan authorities would have to wait until Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, issues a red notice, even after receiving a warrant of arrest.
Though a wanted man at home, Henry enjoys close connections with prominent Kenyans and is linked to many businesses.
He was widely accused in Zambia in 2009 of brokering a deal in which a Kenyan oil trading company, Dalbit Petroleum Ltd, clinched a multi-million-dollar contract to supply finished petroleum products to Zambia.
There were claims in the media on how the Kenyan businessmen who had attended the tender opening ceremony in Lusaka had been given aide de camps by the Government.
The former President’s son has been linked to the illegal sale of Zamtel to Libya’s Lap Green Networks.
When contacted, Zambia Police Service Inspector General, Martin Malama, said that the latest information that police had remained as earlier indicated that Henry was still in Kenya.
[Times of Zambia]