MINISTER of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula should move a motion in Parliament to restore the immunity of former president Rupiah Banda, the International Institute of Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IIDCR) has petitioned.
In a petition copied to the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini and all Members of Parliament which was signed by IIDCR president Tresford Chomba dated July 1, 2015, the IIDCR contended that time was ripe for Mr. Banda to have his immunity restored since he was cleared of abuse of authority charges by the courts of law.
Mr. Chomba noted that the IIDCR was opposed to the probing of Mr. Banda because it believed that the move was aimed at settling political scores which were not in the best interest of Zambians.
“The IIDCR wishes to petition you to move a motion in Parliament to restore the former President Mr. Rupiah Banda’s immunity now that the courts of law have cleared the former Head of State. We also wish to bring to your attention that the IIDCR had earlier petitioned the President Michael Sata (late) to pardon Mr Rupiah Banda since we knew that his prosecution merely arose out of animosity and vengeance, politically motivated to settle scores with his enemies,” he said.
Mr. Chomba further observed that such motives of fixing former presidents had set a bad precedence, not only because it drained national resources, but also because they were just politically motivated by individuals who had selfish interests.
“IIDCR regrets that millions of tax payers’ money has been wasted on his prosecution and we are proposing that your office comes up with a law that makes prosecutors investigating officers rushing such cases and losing them to pay from their benefits as this will save Zambia from unnecessary expenditures when those acquitted sue the state,” he said.
Mr Chomba asked the minister to move the motion in parliamentary so that Mr. Banda’s immunity could be restored.