Former Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General Nixon Banda has died.
The news of the death of retired Judge Nixon Banda who was serving as Commissioner at the Judicial Complaints Commission.
The last 3 months, Banda together with Judge Mushabati and Advocate Geoffrey Simukoko have been hearing the complaint for incompetence and gross misconduct of 5 Constitutional Court Judges who handled the Presidential Petition.
The JCC hearing closed on Monday and Banda and fell ill on Wednesday or so before he passed on Friday at 4am.
Banda was Director General of the ACC during the period 2004 and 2008.
Banda was appointed and ratified by Parliament in 2004 and was later retired in 2008.
This was the difficult period for the ACC as the institution was overlooked, sidelined and ignored by the Mwanawasa government.
Instead Mwanawasa’s government set up an ad-hoc body called the Taskforce on Corruption, which spearheaded the corruption fight especially against former President Frederick Chiluba, Xavier Chungu and other former government officials.
The Taskforce on Corruption was designed to be a joint commission with officers drawn from all investigative and security wings.
In the end it became a body driven by Mark Chona and Mutembo Nchito who used the powers vested in the ACC to conduct the work of the Taskforce on Corruption, leaving Banda an outsider to a process he was appointed and constitutionally mandated to wage.
Everytime Banda attempted to assert his authority, he was scandalised in the Post Newspaper and manufactured scandals on land he purchased in Chipata and Mumbwa became a constant item in the newspaper.
At the end of his four year term, Mwanawasa did not renew his contract.
Banda died on Good Friday after a short illness and will be buried in the week.