Former president Rupiah Banda
Former president Rupiah Banda

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) says it will not appeal against the acquittal over former Republican President Rupiah Banda.

ACC Public Relations Manager, Timothy Moono says this follows advice from the National Prosecution Authority.

The former President was in June 2015, acquitted of the charge of abuse of authority of office in an oil deal involving a Nigerian company.

It is alleged that between May 1, 2008 and September 24, 2011, Mr. Banda abused the authority of his office by allegedly procuring a Nigerian government-to-government oil contract in the name of the Republic of Zambia but did not benefit the Zambian people.

But in his Judgement, Principal Magistrate Joshua Banda adopted the submission by the defence of no case to answer, a verdict the ACC sought to appeal against.

And Mr. Moono says the ACC has closed the case involving Mpundu Trust, a real estate company owned by Former First Lady, Thandiwe Banda.

He has attributed the closure of the court case to difficulties in obtaining information from international boundaries.

Mr. Moono disclosed this during the Commission’s 2015 End of year Media briefing in Lusaka today.

He also announced that ACC has commenced new corruption investigations at the Football Association of Zambia -FAZ-.

Mr. Moono said the commission has also concluded investigations into a case involving FAZ president, Kalusha Bwalya and that it is now making follow-ups with international bodies on the matter.

Meanwhile Mr. Moono said the commission has described the year 2015 as a good year in the fight against corruption but noted that more needs to be done in 2016.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Ati new constitution ama rubbish. ACC and DEC still controlled by the president.

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    • “UMULANDU TA UBOLA”, meaning ” a crime doesn’t rot” – we will still get him!!!!
      We will see who will have the last laugh – this “id..ioc..y” of “oh, lets forgive” should be a thing of the past – that’s why we keep on getting HARDENED THIEVES & CROOKS getting into power THEN STEALING WITH IMPUNITY & BLOODY CLAIM WE ARE an “F…ing” CHRISTIAN COUNTRY!!!!!

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    • Iwe Moono ati ” He has attributed the closure of the court case to difficulties in obtaining information from international boundaries.” Are you serious? Can you surely fail to obtain information from foreign countries if you really wanted to? We have powerful nations like UK and USA that would support your quest to obtain information because it is also in their best interest that corruption is stamped out in Zambia.

      This is typical of your mediocre behaviour even when you were at UNZA.

      Anyway this is the same ACC appoint by Lungu so we do not expect them to prosecute one of his financiers

      Viva HH

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    • Copied from.Douglas…..

      Furthermore, in 2011 elections when again, RB (Easterner), HH (Southerner) and Sata (Northerner) contested, the results from their respective regions were as follows: RB got 74.28% from Eastern (and 18.89% from Southern); Sata got 74.66% from Luapula (and 6.67% from Southern); HH got 72.31% from Southern (with 0.79% from Northern! and 3. 04% from Eastern! – much less than in 2008!)… Note that each candidate still got above 72% from their own regions just like in 2008 – so no change!

      So where is this theory of Tribal or Region votes more pronounced or worse off for Southerners than other regions? I don’t see anything unique about southern region, apart from that they are even fairer to other contestants than other regions! You may wish to further review all…

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  2. National Prosecution Authority? Anyway, it’s election time we need Banda, perhaps We can review after elections. Especially if he joins UPND!

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    • In your dreams. When RB supported Lungu, you guys in UPND insulted RB.

      Now you want his support because you know that he had a crowd that voted for Lungu

      To hell with your HH. This time he will loose and retire from politics

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  3. All this is crap. It would have been better for the Corrupt Anti-Corruption Commission to remain quiet rather than uttering this rubbish as if the Zambian people don’t think. The next government must ensure that all the corrupt elements are brought to book. We cant continue tolerating the abuse of tax payers resources by a few selfish individuals while people are left in abject poverty.

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  4. We knew it Wen u are also a product of corruption. How do you prosecute a person you dine with & go to bed with. Zambians will always remain poor & continue wallowing in poverty.

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  5. Because Rupiah Banda is the PF & Zambian co-President Edgar Lungu has pardoned him.The toothless ACC is powerless.

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    • @Chivunda Samusungwa, RB was going to get his freedom even if it was UPND in power. HH was always escorting RB to court over this case and HH and his Party were saying the former Head of State was being harassed. So what is wrong when the state (ACC) did not even enter a nolle prosequi so it is the courts that set him free. You may not like him but he us also entitled to justice just like any human being.

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  6. Nigeria is about to get back over $300 million that Abacha externalized to off show accounts. Can we fail to obtain information? then forget about prosecuting those who steal from poor Zambians to stuck the money in the foreign accounts. ACC continues chasing small guys who get toma One pin leaving the big fish. Shame on you!

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  7. HH should be happy as he used to accompany RB to the courts when the former President was on trial. Lets not forget that the star prosecution witness was not able to provide any evidence to justify RB’s conviction but this is conveniently forgotten by all those who fell for Membe’s lies and ignore the fact that under RB’s stewardship which included the global economic downturn in 2008, Zambia enjoyed unprecedented growth. The supposedly corrupt man left the country in credit and not in debt as currently the case. I for one would welcome RB and Musokotwane’s involvement in the running of the country’s economic affairs as their ability in that sphere is there for all those who are not blinded by political and ethnic prejudices to see.

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  8. Welcome home Henry Banda………your dad is free and so are you!

    Freed by PF who harassed and made you flee Zambia

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  9. It’s simply wishful thinking to expect them to appeal given that he is the mentor and drinking pal for lazy bum in State House! !

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  10. Comment:Bravo Rupia Bwezani Banda, we know that you are innocent Man indeed, Nanga kuno ku mudzi ku Malawi mudzationa liti? Baba Kenneth Kaunda anadzationa kuno, Padakali pano tidikira inu kuti tidzadye Msima ya thelele kuno ku mudzi, Takusowani kwambiri kuno ku Malawi,) Woyeee! Zambia woyeee! Malawi woyee!

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  11. CLOSE RB ‘S CASE PLEASE BUT DO U KNOW THAT SMALL CASES OF THEFT IN SCHOOLS,HOSPITALS,COUNCILS,ETC ARE COSTING THE NATION HUGE SUMS OF MONEY WHERE INDIVIDUALS ARE STEALING MATERIALS,MONEY TO BENEFIT THEM,
    EXAMPLE
    IN SOLWEZI AT KANDUNDU PRIMARY SCHOOL THE HEAD GOT CEMENT AND IRON SHEETS DAY LIGHT FROM SCHOOL USING PUPILS TO HIS HOME.NO ONE IS ABLE TO ACT THE DEO AND PEO ALREADY HAVE REPORTS ABOUT THIS MAN THE COMMUNITY IS CRYING.HE USES SCHOOL MONEY LIKE HIS POCKET MONEY NO BANKING. IT APPEARS EVEN PTA CHAIRMAN gets shares he always defend him.
    Please govt help this community its of low income it can not afford to have thief who even steals burnt bricks. Written for kayebela community sent to me from solwezi from chingola swag

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  12. We told you PF is corrupt from top to bottom. Even this FAZ mention is just a smokescreen, no one will be prosecuted.
    This is a message to civil servants, steal while you can, no one will be made accoutable.

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    • Sadly it just goes to show you that whistle blowing is a career suicide in Zambia as corruption is ingrained in us …how can they not have a case when a treasurer leaked information!!

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  13. Ati HH will win the 2016 elections because he had an interview with Al-Jazeera. Kuti waseka. HH’s political journey is coming to an abrupt end in August. His herd will have no head. Ni Lungu/RB chabe.

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  14. The filthy PF tail has been wagging the dog that is the toothless and politicized ACC therefore this acquital is a nonstarter.

    The whole saga was PF political witch hunt in search of fake evidence to pin down Rupiah Banda and they failed .

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  15. The ACC in its current form is a waste of resources, as it can only successfully investigate simple cases which the police can also do.

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  16. Who did not see all this coming, when the dogs laboured to hound Mutembo Nchito to make this all easy for them. Rupiah did the same for Chiluba, lungu is doing it for Rupiah, but there will be no one to do it for him and RB soon. The dogs will soon lick their backs.

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  17. This ACC guy shud have just stayed quiet than telling us this crup, atii difficulties in obtaining data across boaders, amafii fye yeka yeka

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