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RB takes fresh plea in magistrate court

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Former President Rupiah Banda
Former President Rupiah Banda

Former President Rupiah Banda has today pleaded not guilty to two counts of corrupt practices by public officer and concealing gratification of motor vehicles contrary to section 36 of the anti corruption Act number 38 of 2010.

Mr. Banda was taking fresh plea following an indictment to the charges earlier this week when the construction comapny was included in the matter.

And a Chinese national Jin Gao aged 58, a manager from Sogecoa Zambia Limited and Sogecao Construction and Engineering Investment Limited, the companies that allegedly bribed Mr. Banda with the said motor vehicles, also pleaded not guilty to corrupt practices by public officer a charge in which they are jointly charged with Former President Banda.

The two took the plea in the Lusaka Magistrate Court before Principle Resident Magistrate Obbister Musukwa.
In the first count, it is alleged that Mr. Banda between 1st January 2011 and 30th August 2011 as the President of Zambia did corruptly receive ten motor vehicles as gratification from Sogecoa Zambia Limited and Sogecao Construction and Engineering Investment Limited as an inducement or reward for himself in return for his favourable treatment of the two companies’ dealings with the government.

In the second count it alleged that Banda between 1st January 2011 and 30th August 2011 received 9 motor vehicles which were received as gratification from Sogecoa Zambia Limited and Sogecao Construction and Engineering Investment and concealed the receipt of the motor vehicles by having them registered in names of people closely connected to him.

And in the third count, it is alleged that Sogecoa Zambia Limited and Sogecao Construction and Engineering Investment Limited between 1st January 2011 and 30th August 2011 jointly and while acting together with others unknown did corruptly give ten motor vehicles to former President Rupiah Banda as gratification or reward for himself in return for his favourable treatment of the companies in their dealings with government when he was still the republican President

The matter has since been adjourned to 21st January, 24thJanuary, 27th January and 29th January 2014 for commencement of trial and continued trial respectively.

And when adjourning the matter to next year for trial, magistrate Musukwa said there was need for progress on matter because it had dragged for a long time due to the many applications that have been made.

ZANIS

12 COMMENTS

  1. The numerous amended charges against this exceptional performer ex president only prove its lies and political with hunt at play.RB you’ll be vindicated and karma will get these PF mofos.

  2. Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Whether poor, rich, a believer, unbeliever, or indeed any other person. So whatever we do, let us be mindful of that truth.

    May God have mercy on this country, Zambia. Please, how do u want this country left for our children? Look at the 5 year old boy or girl who is poor in the village who eats once in a day or who doesn’t even know what is happening in politics, even the economical issues of this country, when s/he grows up is s/he going to build on what we could have left or they will just suffer the more by finding everything destroyed by greed me? Only God knows.

  3. ”Be nice to people on your way up because you may need them on way down” is my peice of advice to President Michael Chilufya Sata and his PF government Officials. They may be heroes now but one day they will become flies or rats after leaving power. It’ s important to treat other people humanely and in a favourable way the same way you would like to be treated by other people. The cardinal point in RB’ s case is that he is being mistreated out of hatred of RB and excitement in the PF camp but the fact is that the PF is not going to be in power forever. The same way they are mistreating RB will apply to them as well espcially President Michael Sata himself.

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