Attorney General Mumba Malila is convinced there is a strong case against fourth Republican president Rupiah Banda over the purchase of campaign materials such as lollipops and balloons.
According to a report published by Zambia Reports, Malila who was fired by Mr Banda for unprofessionalism and leaking classified government information to the The Post Newspapers says the former head of state will get a fair trial when his corruption trial commences this week.
In an interview with Voice of America, Mumba Malila defended the investigations and charges against Banda saying Zambian courts have demonstrated their independence.
The former president is accused of abusing his powers by procuring an oil contract with the Nigerian government meant for Zambia.
“Our investigation has revealed that this was an oil deal with a Nigerian company in which he was involved and in which he didn’t perform quite to expectations as head of state. And so, we want to see if the court can make some guidance on it. We think, as [head of] government, that he may very well have abused his office contrary to the provisions of the Anti-Corruption act,” he said.
Malila said the government has also asked its investigators to look into lavish campaign spending of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) during the run up to 2011 election.
“The MMD ran a very lucrative campaign. They had all these branded balls, balloons and lollipops, motor vehicles and bicycles, those kinds of things coming in. Quite obviously, those things cost quite a lot of money, and we asked our investigators to look at the source of that funding, and it may appear as if, again, the monies were acquired in a manner that is less than honest,” Malila said.
Malila said a head of state is given the trust by the people to do whatever is in the best interest of the citizens and not to make best deals for him.