The clique leading former President Rupiah Banda’s interrogation have now decided to have him arrested before his judicial review on Wednesday.
They hope to argue that criminal matters take precedence over civil matters, therefore the criminal trial should proceed ahead of any civil matter including the challenge of the dubious manner in which immunity was removed.
Already sub poenas for witnesses are reported to have been sent out to witnesses who it is speculated may included former MMD national secretary Richard Kachingwe and expelled MP Catherine Namugala.
The two are expected to testify on campaign materials while Major Kachingwe may also testify on the Nigerian ‘oil deal’ which reportedly occurred while he was at the Nigerian mission.
So far three High Court judges have recused themselves from hearing Mr Banda’s case in which he has challenged the removal of his immunity by Parliament.
An application lodged by Mr Banda’s lawyers before the Lusaka High Court has shifted from one judge to another in unexplained circumstances after allocation by the judge in charge.
A source at the High Court disclosed that most judges were not prepared to expose themselves to the ‘cartel’ which was behind the charges against Mr Banda.
The removal of Mr Banda’s immunity has sparkled off a flurry of protests across the nation that has the move by government totally unnecessary and illegal.
Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) president Edwin Sakala has appealed to President Sata to stop persecuting Mr Banda because the decision to remove immunity was a ploy by the ‘cartel’ to demonise and criminalise the former head of state similar to that of former late President Frederick Chiluba.
And Young Leaders Alliance (YLA) general secretary Walamba Mulenga has said that the lifting of Mr Banda’s immunity was not only devoid of legal procedure but an inhuman act meant to supply evil political agendas
Mr Mulenga said it was clear that the PF government was bent on settling old political scores with Mr Banda, using the Constitution and propaganda as a means to satisfy their needs.