International lawyer Robert Amsterdam has described that arrest and charge against his client Rupiah Banda as a “desperate” and “politically motivated” action designed to persecute and defame potential opposition leaders.
Mr Amsterdam said the international community shall not take accusations on Mr Banda at face value because of the PF’s government’s exceedingly poor record on anti-corruption issues among its sitting ministers.“We cannot presume any sort of regularity to these proceedings when the ruling party has repeatedly violated the law in their attack against the democratic opposition.”
He said the campaign to strip the immunity Mr Banda began on February 4, 2013, when the Director-General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Rosewin Wandi released a summons request to the state media despite his immunity.
“This letter came just 10 days after the opposition-aligned Coalition for the Defence of Democratic Rights (CDDR) presented a comprehensive report of rights violations before the Commonwealth Secretariat for referral to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG).
Mr. Amsterdam highlighted the unlawful conduct of Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba, who also serves as secretary general to the ruling party and is the presumptive successor to the incumbent president. “Kabimba believes that instrumentalising the police and courts with false accusations against his opponents will give him an advantage in his struggle to take over from the enfeebled President Sata. “The plan is to systematically eliminate anyone who stands in the way of the PF’s determination to return Zambia to a one-party state, and the international community should be very concerned about the unlawful abuses taking place,” said Amsterdam.