Zambia opens negotiations with South Africa on Henry Banda-Lubinda
Foreign Affairs Minister Given Lubinda has said that the Zambian government has opened negotiations with the South African government on the issue concerning fugitive Henry Banda, Son to former president Rupiah Banda.
Mr. Lubinda said that the discussions with the South African government follows media reports that that country has refused to corporate with the Zambian government.
This follows South African high commissioner to Zambia Moses Chikane who is quoted as saying that his country will need solid charges to hand over Henry to the Zambian law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Lubinda said that government through the ministry of foreign affairs has begun negations with the South African Government through the high commissioner to Zambia.
He said that it is a known fact that the issue of questioning Henry Banda is in the best interest of the two countries. Mr. Lubinda has however stated that issues surrounding Henry will not strain the diplomatic relations between the countries.
Henry is wanted by the Zambian law enforcement agencies over his involvement in the engagement of R.P capital Group to evaluate ZAMTEL assets and the subsequent sale of the company to LAP Green networks of Libya.
And spokesperson for the joint team of investigative wings, Munganga Chanda has said normal channels are being followed to ensure the fugitive son of former President Rupiah Banda, Henry is brought home to answer to pending charges.
In an exclusive interview with Qfm, Ms Chanda declined to comment on a statement attributed to South African High Commissioner to Zambia Moses Chikane that his country cannot extradite Henry to their Zambian counterparts in the absence of solid charges.
She said that efforts to arrest Henry who has been on the wanted list by the security wings are progressing well and that an Interpol red notice alert is in force.
On March 30th, 2012, a South African online publication, the Mail and Guardian reported that Henry has permanent residence in South Africa, where he enjoys business connections despite being on the police’s wanted list in Zambia.
The publication established that Henry has a company operating in Johannesburg that was registered in 1996 which still operates in South Africa.
Henry’s purported company Gushford Four is believed to be dealing in financial intermediation, insurance, real estate and business services.