Government dismisses Miyanda’s accusations

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Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has dismissed accusations by opposition Heritage Party leader Godfrey Miyanda that it was deceitful and dishonest for government to claim that the former President would have tampered with evidence if he was allowed to leave the country for South Africa to attend the African Presidential Roundtable meeting.

Brigadier General Miyanda argued why it was so when Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba told the nation that the State had completed investigations at the time the former President’s immunity was being removed.

But Mr Sakeni has described the accusations as misleading and misplaced.

He said the fact that Mr Banda is appearing in court does not in any way stop the investigative agencies from carrying out other investigations about him of suspected wrongdoing.

In a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Sakeni stated that the immunity on the former President was removed not only to prosecute him but also to investigate him on any other suspected cases of wrongdoing which the investigative wings of government comes across.

Mr Sakeni, who is also Information and Broadcasting Minister, said there is therefore nothing deceitful and dishonest in the manner government is handling the ongoing investigations on Mr Banda.

He noted that investigative wings should be allowed to carry out thorough and exhaustive investigations in the former President’s suspected wrongdoing to give him an opportunity to respond to all the charges levelled against him.

Mr Sakeni further said government remains consistent and committed to the rule of law and good governance.

Last week former President Rupiah Banda was blocked by the immigration officers at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport from travelling to South Africa where he was invited to go and make a presentation at the 2013 African Presidential Roundtable meeting in Johannesburg.