Come up with clear charges against Henry, Dr. Mutesa advises Government
Zambians for Empowerment and Development (ZED) president Fred Mutesa says investigative wings should come up with clear charges against former President Rupiah Banda’s fugitive son Henry Banda.
Dr. Mutesa observes that the manner in which the matter involving Henry is being handled by all the parties involved has the potential to tarnish Zambia’s image.
He has observed that the international media is portraying as though the government has launched a witch-hunt on selected individuals.
Dr Mutesa has stressed the need for all investigations into allegations of corruption to be anchored on precise charges.
He was speaking to QFM news in an exclusive interview.
And Henry Banda’s international lawyer Robert Amsterdam has questioned the credibility of the commissions of inquiry appointed by republican president Michael Sata.
Mr Amsterdam’s recent attacks on the PF Government follow his labeling as a War Dog by PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba.
In a statement released to QFM News, Mr Amsterdam has charged that the handpicked Commissions of Inquiry are led by politically biased chairpersons, who he says are publicly scolded if their reports do not produce the desired results.
He adds that Mr Kabimba is misinformed concerning the issue of judicial independence in Zambia, stating that there are many independent and prestigious judges, prosecutors, and jurists in Zambia, adding that that’s exactly why much of what is being seen takes place outside the judiciary in an apparent reference to the Commissions of Inquiry appointed by President Michael Sata.
Mr Amsterdam says the statements made by Mr Kabimba this week against him stand as proof of the political motivations behind the Zambian government’s allegations concerning Henry Banda
He adds that based on the attacks against him and his client by Mr Kabimba, it is now clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that the allegations against Henry are entirely political.
He further states that the reason Mr Kabimba is attacking him is because it is the Patriotic Front who have cried havoc and let loose the dogs of war when they allegedly unlawfully seized MMD vehicles, opened up absurd cases with no evidence, and put Zambia on the road back to a one party state with the attempted de-registration of the MMD.
Mr Amsterdam states that this is what happens when the separation of powers break down and the constitution is ignored.
He says Henry has done nothing wrong, and has not been charged, tried, or even officially informed as to the nature of allegations against him, and yet the government defames him in the press every day.
He argues that there is no rule-of-law court in the world that would consider extraditing Henry following such alleged persecutory statements by Mr Kabimba
Mr Amsterdam adds that the prosecution of Henry is occurring in the context of nationwide crackdown on the political opposition, aimed at eliminating their ability to compete in future elections.