Zambian parliament removes ex-leader Banda's immunity

Zambian parliament removes ex-leader Banda
# 16 March 2013 01:11 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Zambian National Assembly (parliament) has finally removed the immunity of former president Rupiah Banda after three quarters of lawmakers voted in support of removing the immunity on Friday evening, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

This means the former leader will face prosecution for alleged corruption allegations.

During voting, 80 lawmakers supported the motion to remove the immunity, while three voted against and four abstained.

When presenting the motion, Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba tabulated a list of allegations ranging from money laundering, oil deals and abuse of public funds to buy campaign materials.

Earlier, the speaker was forced to adjourn proceedings after opposition lawmakers attempted to block the presentation of the motion.

Banda ruled Zambia from August 2008 to September 2011, when he lost to current President Michael Sata who has embarked on a campaign to fight corruption.

This has seen a number of some of Banda's former officials and ministers being arrested and are currently appearing in court for various corruption charges.

This is the second time the parliament has removed the immunity of a former president to pave way for prosecution on corruption allegations. Late former president Frederick Chiluba's immunity was lifted in July 2002 following allegations of plunder of national resources.