We delivered the letter of summons to office of the Fourth President- ACC Director
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director General Rosewin Wandi has refuted allegations made against the Institution that it has not delivered the summons to the Office of the Fourth President Rupiah Banda asking the former Head of State to appear before the commision for question.
Ms Wandi said that said the letter of invitation to Mr Banda was delivered to his office on Monday afternoon.
“As far as I am concerned, we served the letter yesterday (Monday) in the afternoon that’s when it was delivered to his office to appear for interviews at DEC,” Ms Wandi said
However the office of fourth President said that had not received the letter of summons from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) ordering the former president to appear for interrogations over allegations of corruption and criminal activity,his administrative assistant Mikatazo Wakumelo has said.
Mr Wakumelo said in a telephone interview yesterday that the letter of summons had not yet been delivered to Mr Banda’s office as of yesterday and that he was not aware of it.
“Ask ACC who delivered that letter of summon to my office, I don’t know about the summon you are asking me about because I have also just seen that summon in the [media] and there is no summon that was delivered to my office. You know, I am the one in charge of Mr Banda’s office, so I could have seen that summon you are talking about. I have only read about it this morning (yesterday) in the newspapers,” MrWakumelo said.
When asked further if Mr Banda would still appear since he (Mr Wakumelo) had known about the summon in the press yesterday, he said “I can’t say much about it,”
Meanwhile, international lawyer Robert Amsterdam has said that summons sent by Anti-Corruption Commission to Former President Rupiah Banda is entirely bogus and without foundation.
“This letter forms part of a wider crackdown against the rights of the opposition, and is clearly an attempt by a morally bankrupt regime to hold trial by headline,” said Amsterdam. “The political manipulation of the ACC by the PF government is a sad commentary on the present state of affairs in Zambia.”
“Unfortunately, in Zambia today under the PF, the anti-corruption campaign has itself become discredited and corrupted as a tool of political persecution judging by the arbitrary selection of targets, inaction on cases of actual substance, and the fundamental lack of evidence,” said Amsterdam. “This latest absurdity concerning former President Banda cannot be taken seriously.”
Mr Amsterdam said that last December, President Michael Sata publicly threatened Ms. Wandi telling her that the ACC would have to ask his permission to investigate government ministers – an event which prompted outcry from civil society groups such as the Law Association of Zambia.