THE Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) intends to launch former President Rupiah Bwezani Banda’s immunity restoration campaign throughout the country.
ZDDM vice president Charles Kafumbo told Daily Nation that his party recognised the need for Mr. Banda to have his immunity restored.
He said ZDDM would next week launch a signature collection which would start in Eastern Province and later move to North-Western Province.
“This will start in Chipata (Chiparamba) Eastern Province and move on to North-Western Province, we shall collect signatures from their Royal Highnesses, the clergy, ordinary citizenry, students, We will support the former President immunity restoration petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly and members of Parliament to be delivered when parliament resumes sittings,” Mr. Kafumbo said.
He observed that though Mr. Banda was acquitted, his immunity had noted been considered.
Mr. Kafumbo appealed to President Edgar Lungu to use his powers conferred on him by the constitution of Zambia to restore the immunity of Mr. Banda. “ZDDM is fully aware that the lifting of the former President was a motion moved to the National Assembly by the late President Michael Sata. We passionately appeal to our jubilee President, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu to use all his powers on this issue
Mr. Kafumbo also bemoaned the trend of lifting immunities of former presidents.
“We, have become accustomed that each time a president moves out of state house, he/she must have his/her immunity lifted. Falls prey to harassment, late President FTJ Chiluba was victim to the same harassment,” he said.
He indicated that ZDDM was determined to restore the dignity of former leaders and ensure that posterity did not repeat itself by harassing former leaders.