Evidence against Rupiah demanded before immunity is lifted
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has challenged the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other law enforcement agencies to come out clear and provide the nation with evidence that would necessitate the lifting of immunity of former republican president, Rupiah Banda.
YALI says this will help to remove speculation and doubts from certain sections of society that the former Head of State is being persecuted at the instigation of persons or bodies who harbor hatred or seek vengeance against him.
YALI governance advisor Isaac Mwanza said his organisation will only support the lifting of Mr. Banda’s immunity if law enforcement agencies and government show solid evidence.
Mr. Mwanza said YALI is concerned with a growing cartel of criminals who wield too much power and are willing to use their resources to defend each other and abuse public trust for selfish interests.
In a statement to QFM, Mr. Mwanza has since asked the nation to firmly oppose such people who want to break the law and abuse public trust.
He has also called on civill society organizations and the media to wait and keenly look forward to evidence from law enforcement agencies on the alleged wrong-doing by Mr. Rupiah Banda before they could form opinions that incite and unnecessarily excite the nation to rise against the former President in the absence of such evidence.
Mr. Mwanza says YALI will stand to support government in its duty to protect public resources and bringing all persons connected with plunder of public resources to book as long as the due process of the law is followed and that the accused are treated in accordance with laws of natural justice.