No bad precedence for immunity removal – Sakeni
Lusaka, March 4, ZANIS — Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kennedy Sanken says there will be no bad precedence set in removing the former republican president Rupiah Banda’s immunity contrary to his assertions in Kenya as reported in the media.
In a press statement made available to ZANIS today Mr Sakeni who is also government spokesperson said the government is not acting outside the constitution by proposing to remove the immunity of the former president Mr Banda.
Mr Sakeni said it is the MMD party Mr Banda belongs to that lifted late President Fredrick Chiluba’s immunity through parliament to enable him clear his name on allegations of plunder of national resources.
He said if Mr Banda has nothing to hide then there is no need of avoiding the law to clear his name.
He said immunity is not a birth right but a privilege which can be removed when deemed necessary in accordance with the law.
Mr Sakeni further explained that late President Levy Mwanawasa in moving the motion to strip his predecessor Dr Chiluba of his immunity, he stated that the action was good to set a good precedence for both himself and other leaders after him that they should not abuse the privilege or use the resources for personal benefits.