Restore RB immunity

ACTING President Guy Scott should use his prerogative of mercy powers and consider restoring former president Rupiah Banda’s immunity from prosecution in the spirit of reconciliation, peace and unity, the International Institute of Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IIDCR) has said.

IICDR president Tresford Chomba said the institute had written to late president Michael Sata requesting him to consider restoring Mr Banda’s immunity but because of the untimely death of the former president, the request was not answered.

Mr Chomba said the request to have Mr Banda’s immunity restored had been outstanding for a long time and that Dr Scott should exercise his powers as Acting President to allow the former president regain his status.

He said in a letter to Dr Scott and copied to the Speaker of the National Assembly yesterday that it was surprising that some presidential contenders were using the restoration of Mr Banda’s immunity as a campaign tool by claiming that once elected, they would swiftly consider restoring the former president’s immunity to gain political mileage.

He said the IICDR had noted with appreciation that since Dr Scott became Acting President in the transition period after the death of president Sata, he had demonstrated the high levels of uncompromised leadership.

Mr Choma said Dr Scott was unflinching on the protection of national resources from the ruling party.

“We congratulate you for exercising the powers vested in you as Acting President to pardon Mr Mpombo and Mr Masumba among others on Christmas Day. We wish to bring to your attention that we had earlier written to late president Michael Sata humbly praying to restore Mr Banda’s immunity. Due to the untimely death of president Sata, our prayer was not answered,” Mr Chomba said.

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