Former President Rupiah Banda
Former President Rupiah Banda

FORMER Republican President Rupiah Banda has been summoned to appear before the Government Joint Investigations Team over allegations of corruption and other criminal activities.

Mr Banda, who was defeated in the September 20, 2011 general elections, becomes the latest high-profile figure to be summoned before investigative wings after several of his former Cabinet ministers availed themselves for questioning.

His son, Andrew is already on trial over corruption charges in road contracts signed between the Road Development Agency and Fratelli Locci Construction Company, an Italian firm.

His other son Henry, who is based in South Africa, is being sought by law enforcement agencies for corruption related matters but has refused to avail himself.

According to a summon dated February 4, 2013 signed by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) director-general Rosewin Wandi, the former President is expected to appear at the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) head office in Lusaka on Thursday this week in the morning.

“The Government Joint Investigations Team has been carrying out investigations into allegations of corruption and other criminal activities in which you have been named,” Ms Wandi said in the summon addressed to Mr Banda.

Ms Wandi noted that the investigations team was aware that Mr Banda enjoyed immunity as former President but that it was in his best interest to defend himself against allegations levelled against him.

“We are mindful that you currently enjoy immunity from prosecution on offences allegedly committed, while you served as Republican President.

“However, it might serve your interests to avail yourself the opportunity to provide answers to the allegations made against you without losing your immunity,” she said.

The ACC chief advised Mr Banda that in an event he decides not to avail himself, the law enforcement agencies will pursue other legal avenues.

[Times of Zambia]

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107 COMMENTS

    • Can Madam Wandi be professional.In one vain she says RB enjoys immunity against prosecution and yet she insists he must avail himself to the Task Force.This lady should be told not to waste Zambian people’s time and money.If she has a strong case against RB,SHE SHOULD MERELY present these to Michael Sata who should persuade parliament to lift RB’s immunity.Until this is done,she has no chance in hell in dragging RB before the Task Force.FOR RB,NKALANI CHABE MOSAVUTIKA.BALEKENI BAMAMBALA VAZIWAWATUKA.

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    • My heart bleeds. RB treated that cobra with care, he could have thrown cats on him. But I smell the lizard Kabimba in this case.

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    • From the available data, the man was corrupt to the utmost. Even historically speaking from those that knew Rupiah from the first Republic, it is said he had a knack to assume by any means that which was publicly owned. And he did that with impunity and without any qualms. But I must hasten to mention that the timing by ACC raises more questions than answers. Kabimba has no immunity, but ACC has to get permission from State house to have a go on him. That’s the directive. Rupiah has immunity but ACC has no problem in summoning him. Something doesent add up here. Rupiah has been making inroads around the world on how he “peacefully and willingly” handed over power to. Sata. Simultaneously, MMD is being routed and its current leader is and out of Police cells day in day out. Kachingwe…

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    • Surely, as a concerned citizen, we do not want to see such unprofessional behaviour from wandi. where is kakabimba imwe!

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    • iwe Blago RB’s government was the most corrupt!He has to tell us the truth how his family got so rich in three years!Think before you yap,even if you are UPND or MMD.This is what makes our leaders keep stealing from the people.It is people like you who support nonsense!!Zambia became an economic laughting stock under the MMD and it became worse under RB!!

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  1. Let him not go there, the guy enjoys immunity I would like to dare the PF to remove his immunity and the will have nailed there own coffins. This is not to say that crimes may not have been committed….

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    • His immunity will be removed when the PF gains the required numbers in Parliament. Just Watch the space

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    • He is not immune to questioning , he is immune to prosecution . Not going there will be at his own risk. If he stole let him pay for it why are some people on here treating him like some kind of a god, A thief is a thief small or big.

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    • no need to attend, if there was anything criminal about HE RB, we were going to know by now, don’t be fooled! leave the stateman alone, infact most of us have realized it was a mistake to vote RB out of office.

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    • Let them set precedents. We will nail them also when their time comes. Meanwhile let’s nail those who stole with impunity. In our bid to outdo PF let us not lose sight of the fact that these guys who are being prosecuted did indeed steal, and many Zambians, not just PF, would like to hear some explanation.

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    • What RB and his cohorts in two and half years in power stole from the national treasury is way too much than the combined loot of Chiluba for 10years and Mwanawasa for 7.5 years.
      Its unconscionable that RB has no shame over the loot and today he even has the audacity to try and portray himself to the unsuspecting world as a democrat who handed over power as if he had any other option after being defeated at the polls.
      Had Rupiah continued today as president, our country would have been bankrupt by now.
      If the current leaders are suspected of raping public resources they must be held accountable too.
      Let the law take its full course

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  2. Sata….nists are quaking and quacking! Honestly Rosemary, you are a tool. If you have evidence against RB please tell your relative in State House to go to parliament and present the evidence of RB’s corruption so as to have his immunity removed! And to President Rupiah Banda please dont allow these !diots to demean you by appearing before this tool of a woman. You have your immunity until such a time it is removed. Meanwhile in Muchinga they are fighting for mealie meal! And the President is still mute! Pathetic Failures with big mouths and small brains!

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    • If Wandi has huge appetite for questioning criminals,surely Mutembo Nchito and Fred M’membe are ripe for this as Zambians are still interested in the recovery of their K18b these crooks conned DBZ.Tackle this first as they do not enjoy immunity.

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    • Goncalves dont pretend as if RB is clean.The man and his family got very rich in three years he was in power.Do you know why Henry Banda has refused to come to Zambia to explain his riches?He knows he stole under the leadership of his father.Dont just comment because you have to comment.The MMD was a corrupt government and RB’s government was the worst.Do you remember Liato?How could a minister bury money underground if there was no corruption?Whre did he get all that money?How much more was stolen and hiden under RB’s government?

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  3. Sata is setting precedence. This is very good. With him chimbokaila straight, kukambila ku’sogolo.

    I think let us set a law that a President enjoys immunity whilst in Office, when he leaves it automatically ceases.

    In this way, we shall ensure there is no need for parliament to lift his immunity and it will serve time.

    PF are envious the man is recieving awards. Now they want to turnish his name.

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  4. Leave the man alone,you all steal one way or another.If all of your sins where to be put in the open,non of you would stand because of the embarrassment this would bring.Some of are thieves,adulterers,muderers you know your sins well. So leave the innocent man alone.

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    • Yes. leave the innocent man alone, he just stole a small amount from RDA to build Mpundu trust for the young children; when want them to suffer when he dies? Ndimwe boipa mitima anso pamaso kuipa!

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    • Supporting, abetting, justifying theft. Do you really mean it? Little wonder Zed is in such a mess!

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  5. IF YOU HAVE EVIDENCE AGAINST RB, PRESENT IT TO PARLIAMENT TO CONSIDER WHETHER OR NOT HIS IMMUNITY CAN BE LIFTED TO ALLOW THOSE INVESTIGATIONS TO PROCEED.I THINK DOING IT YOUR WAY IS DEAMING THE FORMER HEAD OF STATE WHO IS ENJOYING THE IMMUNITY.

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  6. ”We are mindful that you currently enjoy immunity from prosecution on offences allegedly committed, while you served as Republican President.”
    Is this lady a lawyer or a pf cadre? under which authority is she operating to proscute alleged offences on some one with full immunity? what legal avenues is she going to use without the removal of Mr Banda’s immunity by parliament? Can CNP remove Banda’s immunity without parliament?

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  7. Can you finish investigating Wynter and GBM first.it seems you are just good at opening cases and not concluding them.

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  8. Witch hunt by the PF mafia as usual.Leave President Rupiah Bwezani Banda alone he has not anything to answer for.Mr Banda is as white as snow and as clean as a newly blooming white cotton glob.

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  9. As much as i would love RB to be interogated am alive to the fact that he still enjoys immunity and as such a learned woman like madam Wandi should stop this circus and respect the old man until when his immunity is lifted by parliament

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    • Ali , you are not alive to any kind of fact, RB is not immune to questioning he is only immune to prosecution. The learned madam Wandi is within her right to summon the said Mr. RB.

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    • Dont mislead us. He cannot be questioned on his discisions as head of state. If Kabimba cannot be questioned execept by permission from HE Mr Sata (the appointing aithourity), how much more RB who enjoys protection not from Mr Sata, but from the Zambian pipo thru the constitution? If they have evidence of crimes, let them seek permission from the Zambian pipo thru parliament. Its like you are telling us that the ACC can call Mr Sata for questioning despite his immunity. Be objective! Why jump the gun, let them remove his immunity first.

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  10. By the way what is happening with Kabimbas case???????? it seems ACC are too scared of him hence they are trying to divert our attention to RB. All the contracts that zesco genuinely awarded to GBMs company were terminated. What is so special about this winter guy?????

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  11. I am devastated, exasperated, disappointed, helpless, demoralized, disoriented, dumbfounded, stunned, disheartened, ……..

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  12. wake up guys did you read what wandi said, you have the opportunity to clear yourself of the accusation leveled against you without having your immunity removed. He has been named by the people already investigated, so if he will clear his name then there is no need of talking about the immunity. No one has found RB guilty he just has to clear his name just like sata did when he was summoned several times, its just normal to clear youself if there is an allegation. So lets wait for the offices that we have established through parliament to do their job, if its Kabimba being investigated its the ACC but if its their opponents its they are using Wandi lets face the facts Zambia lets support our institutions and have confidence in them. VIVA Zambia VIVA unity.

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    • @ Peter,your mother should be ashamed to have a son who can’t reason.which institutions do you want the people to have confidence and support fully? these institutions have gone to the dogs my son.Start thinking reasonably today or ignorance will kill you.

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    • Do first things first.Remove immunity of RB.You cannot be dragging RB before the Task on Corruption just because some paid up PF cadres have accused him of criminal acts.Maybe Richard Kachingwe and Namugala after failing to nail Nevers Mumba want to justify the chewing of Sata’s money by implicating RB since Edgar Lungu insists that RB is still President of MMD.

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    • @Peter and The Monitor. Now you understand why it’s so difficult to have meaningful debate with some of these characters such as STELLA, Ndobo and ACC. These chaps never try to analyse anything they read. Surely how can you fail to differentiate an investigation from prosecution? Shocking! Some chaps just comment so that they can tell their friends later in the evening at the local bar that they blogged on LT

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    • @kantalamba, why are you in europe? are you washing dishes? your thinking suggest that you are one big dish washer. you can´t see beyond the ordinary… iwe kaboi

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    • @Ndobo. Unlike you who is scrounging around were ever you are. I have a PhD in Human Computer Interaction and have a six (6) figure salary (over £100,000), working for one of the Worlds leading IT companies. Read the Zambian Constitution iwe kapala… Wabe T!

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    • PhD in human computer interation? my foot! thats a one week PhD course,,, thats why you reason like a chicken,,,, dish washer

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  13. I SAW THE FUTURE.CRY MOTHER ZAMBIA!!! CRY FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR CHILDREN!!!! IT AIN’T STARTED YET.

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  14. playing on people’s minds again. nothing will come out of this, he will be set free and no precedence will be created. i am sick of these games.

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  15. sata is not in a right frame of mind,, who ever is putting pressure on sata is not helping! i hope pf member can help him by advising him correctly

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  16. Infact the lifting of his immunity is long over due. He is man I want to see that he is investigated thoroughly and if found guilty be thrown in jail where he would spend the remaining part of his life.
    When I think how he muzzled the ZNBC TV and the press to suit his campaign, how he removed the abuse of office article from the constitution so as to legalise corruption, where party got the colossal amount of money to use on the campaign and yet the party had NO unvestiment where to generate funds from, how he paraded traditional rulers to coerce them to showers forced praise on him and his corrupt government, how I abandoned watching ZNBC TV until after his embarrassing exit on Sept 20, 2011 election, the man needs to be thoroughly tried.
    I really want the immunity to be lifted so that…

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    • sata had his agents taking dobo to state house but were intercepted since the ACC/DEC were not told not to interfere with that business to state house. HE will be investigated as well, where did those get the strength and courage to go to state house with ifyamba? People think, if it were you would just wake up one morning and get ifyamba start going to state house where it is heavily guarded, for what? Those guys knew who the fyambas belonged to, period.

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    • @kapokola ulichipuba sana! why would i `fart` whatever you mean! only the satana knows. check my flag… i left zambia 15years ago and i have a swedish passport,,, am not in kawalala country nigeria like you, who the government can recall anytime… mwanya time will come when sata won´t be in power and you feel the heat. MMD was once big headed remember.

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    • @Ndobo, so stop yapping for things you know little about. Shut up and stay where you are, you economic refugee who I am very sure got a Swedish passport after preying on an unsuspecting Swedish woman so that you remain in Sweden. I am a proud Zambian working for a very reputable government institution and are now very comfortable in this government than the time of kawalala RB was at the helm. I feel sorry for the likes of you who want to boast about being ‘refugees’ and feel proud about it. We do not need armchair critics like you. You must the one of those crying for dual citizenship. We have said, NO to that, stay where you are.

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    • @kapokola… you know that you in nigeria working for zambian government because you are related to someone in government back in zambia. you are saying what you are saying because you are a slave to pf,, you have to worship them to keep you… imbwe iwe!

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  17. What nonsense? Has President Banda’s immunity been lifted? You, ACC, have failed to deal with Kabimba and now are bent on harassing RB. What cheek; you toothless bulldogs! Hands off, RB!

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  18. What has happened to Wynter and GBM’s cases? Why should ACC rush to interview RB when they have not done anything to Wynter and GBM? Shame to madam Wandi and shame to PF government…

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  19. The primitive fools have failed to get Henry so the are going after daddy, what *****s! They are really showing their frustration. Come along Amsterdam and show these fools!!!

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  20. Have they got clearance from Sata to question him just like they are supposed to do when questioning ministers.

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  21. THIS IS GOOD NEWS PEOPLE MUST ANSWER ALLEGATIONS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR POSITION IN ZAMBIA.

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  22. What goes round comes round. Just start preparing yourselves for the time when you leave power…nothing lasts for ever!

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  23. # 25 Geshorm!! You are really rite my man!! wat you have said is really wat is on a number of pipo’s minds.Lifting of his immunity has been long overdue and its eroding from some pipo’s mind.This man need to go straight in Chimbokaela…infact he was supposed to go there just after giving the instruments of powers to our president SATA.If the president has been too tolerant to such pipo like RB,Chanda Chimbwi,Lifwekelo,Edawrd Mumbi etc.

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  24. RB’S HANDS WILL NEVER BE CLEAN AS FAR AS CORRUPTION IS CONCERNED.
    THE EVIDENCE BY FRATELLI LOCCI IN THE TRIAL OF ONE OF RB’S SONS IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY CASES WHICH IMPLICATES HIM.

    COUNTRY MEN, RB WAS PRESIDENT OF OUR COUNTRY BARELY 3YEARS. KK WAS IN POWER FOR 30YEARS! 30 YEARS! I MEAN 3 X 10YEARS! AND YET RB’S SONS WERE ALREADY FLYING CHARTERED PLANES WHEN KK’S SONS COULD NOT EVEN AFFORD HIRING A TAXI FROM LUSAKA TO NDOLA!

    LIKE ONE BLOGGER HAS SAID RB HAS ALREADY BEEN IMPLICATED BY THE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE ADDUCED FROM THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN INTERROGATED BY THE ACC. LET US JUST WISH HIM GOOD LUCK…

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  25. where does Sakwiba Sikota and HH come from? ooh its from that cursed province which will never produce a republican president!!!!
    If only Saki and HH can change their tribes to namwangana perhaps both of them can stand in muchinga province where a bye election is looming.

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  26. He is not being taken to court. He is only going for questioning to assist with further investigations. Whether politically minded or not, this is one president who never had a plan for anyone. He must provide answers where they are needed. And if necessary let immunity be removed. Everyone including the current people in power should be aware of this. May be people will respect the public offices…

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    • Please lets not mislead each other the constitution is very clear Wandi cannot summon her former commander in chief in this manner to come and clear his name. His name has been mentioned? So what his name will be mentioned in many other instances will you again ask him to report each time to clear his name?

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  27. I Muhammed Salama challenges the ACC to arrest me and depoprt quickly becuase they have failed to investigate my corruption deals involving bantu capital, baobaoba land, Mpundu trust, mulakupikwa college in chinsali that i transfered a lot of tax payers money back to my country Egypt. I shared all this loot with RB and I built Mpundu trust to thank him. You guys from the task force are have balls because you arrest people who store bicycles and leaving us the big fish.

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  28. There is nothing sinister here and it is really important that he avails himself, just to answer a few questions. Wh do bloggers rush to make conclusions anyway? Today RB has become a sweetheart to many bloggers yet is only a few months ago when we saw the corruption in this man. It is not surprising that Zambia is still walowling in poverty.

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  29. NIFUNSEKO PLEASE? IF RB DIED TODAY NANGU MAILO, WILL HENRY ATTEND HIS FUNERAL LOKO AZAKABWELA MUKULOSHA NA LAWYER AMSTERDAM?? JUST ASKING…..ANYWAY, MY NAME NOW CHANGES SLIGHTLY TO ‘RB VULA NSAPATO’

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  30. MWINE LUBEMBA
    OR
    ARE YOU MWINE LUBEMBU?

    RB WAS IN POWER FOR 2 AND HALF YEARS AND NOT 3 YEARS. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR MATHS AND MINE WHEN IT COME TO APPROXIMATION?

    WAS RB NOT IN POWER BARELY ONE TERM, 1X5 YEARS!

    KK WAS IN POWER ABOUT 6 TERMS, 6 X 5 YEARS?

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    • Did you learn precision at University? Go back to school.Your brain is still young, it can accomodate new things.Don’t die an ignorant person.

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  31. RB’s international recognition and engagements are a thorn in some people’s flesh and life will be made rough for him.

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  32. Let the rule of law prevail. Don’t throw people in the dock through the back door. I love my country. So, please take a leaf from Egypt “Tahir Square” and Facebook became the citizens’ weapon of choice. we don’t want that in Zambia but don’t dare us either!

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  33. RB should just ignore this summons. If ACC want to interview him, they should take their ‘evidence’ to Parliament and ask for his immunity to be removed. Only on that basis can they ‘interview’ him. ACC director-general Rosewin Wandi must be a retard to be able to say contradictory things and see nothing wrong with them.

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  34. RB’s children were already business men when their father was becoming president. Finshi mulelanda imwe?

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  35. Leave RB alone, Pathetic failures! Why do you want to divert people’s attention from high food prices and a President who has turned State House into a Hospice! Bvuma wa chembela, mambala!

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  36. Now we understand the meaning of by election to remove RB immunity.ther is an element of jelous RB has worn the hearts of international community

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  37. Ifya bupuba pa Zed fya chila! Its Animal Farm day in day out. Napoleon is a.w.o.l. and Kamimbya is busy trying to distract us from his pomposity when he was summoned by toothless Wandi. Until Kamimbya is questioned as indicated by Wandi when they failed to interview him…..she should not summon anyone else, let alone RB. What a friggin mockery to democracy. Yaba, nayo 2013 elo yayamba…..2016 patali!

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  38. Beats me today why RB dissolved The Task Force set up by late SC Mwanawasa, in SA they have the HAWAKS, Anti-Corruption, Whistle blowers etc to just combat the virus of corruption. Zed needs such as well since our current security wings have become too rotten deep and we cant trust them 100%.

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  39. Imwe mwembuli..why blame the President for such things. Iwe ka Don naka Blacky are impotents?Please get a life and let the govt do it’s job. Sata is healthy compared to you pathetic, dirty aass, small dik, shiki polomia filled mouth, sister banging gays. RB messed up and he should punished severely. Seleni tubombeko lazy chaps

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  40. Up and until Kabimba is prosecuted by ACC, RB’s summon will not be credible. This is clap trap and total hog wash by state agents.

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  41. PF has failed to deliver & busy hiding in RBs prosecution. Give us drainages.
    PF is a party that cant be compared to first 2yrs of unip or first 2 yrs of mmd. You cant even describe wat they are doing totally nothing. they are not even ashamed of lying to the populace.
    I hope God crashes this regime of satanic men who will stop at nothing to get whateva they want. total evil men, they dont even smile, proper relatives of lucifer

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  42. Nshima is the loot of 99.9% of todays probrems in mother Zambia.

    Thus, occupy Nashono Mirring

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  43. We miss R.B.He left the price of mealie meal roller less k30,000(KR30) and Breakfast less K40,000(KR40).He left transport fare from livingstone to Lusaka K70,000 now is over K100,000.He left one (1)dollar less K4500,now is beyond K5250.He allowed people to criticised and insulting him without threatening them.Now,authoritarians have taken over government.You have the immunity,only the parliament can remove it,wether madam ACC/DEC like it or not!Law is law,the must follow it.

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  44. BA MUMBA ELYO LWANYA.

    YESTERDAY, YOU WERE REMONSTRATING AGAINST THE PRESIDENT’S REQUEST TO BE INFORMED BY ACC BEFORE THEY INTERVIEW ANYONE IN CABINET!

    SO WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS INFORMED THIS TIME?
    DO YOU HAVE THE NUMBERS IN PARLIAMENT TO CARRY OUT YOUR IMPEACHMENT THREAT?

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  45. The nation will be great once its leaders in Government espouse the ‘rule of law’ and not the ‘rule BY law’. The Constitution states in Article 43 (3) A person who has held, but no longer holds, the office of President shall not be charged with a criminal offence or be amenable to the criminal jurisdiction of any court, in respect of any act done or omitted to be done by him in his personal capacity while he held office of President, unless the National Assembly has, by resolution, determinedthat such proceedings would not be contrary to the interests of the State.

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