The continued attacks on Zambia’s fourth president, Rupiah Banda by some media house are an attempt to influence the courts of law to convict the former Head State.
According to former ambassador to Japan Joe Mwale continued publications of editorials in some tabloids was meant create public anger against Banda so that Zambians could begin to believe that the former president was guilty long before the courts could determine his cases.
Mwale wondered why the case of the former Head of State, which was being handled by a competent court, had become a subject of malicious and hateful editorials by some named newspapers which have long vendettas against the former president.
“I feel the people attacking the former Head of State in their editorial comments were strong advocates for the removal of his immunity from prosecution. If you remember, when the matter was tabled in Parliament, Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba who is the PF secretary general informed the nation that investigations had been concluded. Two years down the line, the case is falling apart and some self appointed media house has embarked on campaign to convict Banda in its editorial,” Mwale said.
Mwale said it was regrettable that some media houses had continued propagating hate against Banda adding that had the former president committed any crime, the cartel would have easily influenced the courts of laws to convict him.
He said he was not shocked that investigations in Banda’s Nigerian oil case were still going on because the people who hated him.
Mwale wondered why the state was still investigating the Nigerian Oil deal when those persecuting Banda had boasted that they had concluded their investigations.
“When one reads some editorials in some newspapers, you can feel the hatred against RB (Rupiah Banda) and there is no doubt that such corrosive hatred has even continued against dead people like Dr Frederick Chiluba. These people are not at peace and they are being driven by hatred to govern the country, Mwale said.
“We wonder where laws which govern contempt have gone in this country because in countries where laws are strict, some of the people making running commentaries on the matter before court could have been sent to jail for contempt.