Opposition Members of Parliament will not support the motion to remove former President Rupiah Banda’s immunity because the act is a danger to the democracy of the nation, says UPND Bweengwa Member of Parliament Highvie Hamududu.
Responding to the press yesterday who wanted to find out what will happen if the motion to remove former President Banda’s immunity is taken to parliament; Mr. Hamududu said that MMD and UPND lawmakers would not support the motion because it was retrogressive and unprogressive.
Mr. Hamududu said that the calls to remove the immunity of the former President were unjustifiable and had no basis as it was clear that organizations such as Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) executive director Goodwell Lungu had personal fights with the former head of state and therefore it was irresponsible to use parliament for his personal benefits.
The lawmaker said that it was therefore important for
Zambians to realize that there were more important things than the removal of immunity of Mr. Banda the PF government should preoccupy itself with.
He said that his party and other opposition political party leaders were resolved to protect the office of the Presidency.Mr. Hamududu said that it was shameful that the PF top leadership spearheading the fight against corruption were fired at some point on corruption allegations.
He said that the PF government should not treat Zambians as tools for their fights when the leadership had failed to allow the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba on allegations of corruption.
Mr. Hamududu said that the PF leadership had no moral right then to talk about corruption because its entire top leadership was a product of the MMD the party they were name calling today.
Mr. Hamududu challenged the PF leadership to exercise decency in the manner they were doing their politics, adding that none of the PF top leadership had never been accused of corruption.
“As UPND and our friends in the MMD we have resolved not to support the motion if moved in parliament because it is not sustainable. Looking at the events leading to this what we have resolved is instead start impeachment proceedings against President Sata for breaching the constitution,” he said.
Mr. Hamududu who is also an economist said that it was shameful for the PF government and its leaders to preoccupy itself with Mr. Banda’s immunity when they had completely failed to lead the nation to prosperity.
He said that the PF government should appreciate that when the MMD left power in 2011 had left a healthy.
“The country’s economy is showing signs of weakness under the PF leadership. When RB was leaving office they had left about US$2.5 billion in the reserves and that is what the PF government is supposed to build on rather than wasting time on RB’s immunity. Let me take them back to UNIP when the MMD formed government and found that Kaunda had destroyed everything and that is the route the PF is taking,” he said.Mr. Hamududu also challenged the PF top leadership talking ill about the MMD to state the reasons why the late former president Frederick Chiluba sacked them from government.
“I want to challenge Dr. Scott to tell the nation why he was fired by Dr. Chiluba. These guys they want to talk about corruption as if we don’t know why they were fired by the late President. We know and soon we shall reveal that to the nation to see who is corrupt.
“It is therefore correct to say that the PF leadership has no moral right to talk about corruption in the manner they are talking about it today,” he said.