Banda barred from leaving Zambia, again
07 June 2013, 14:04
Lusaka - Zambian immigration authorities on Friday blocked
former president Rupiah Banda from leaving the country for the third time in
nearly two months.
Banda, who is facing corruption charges, was stopped from
boarding a flight to South Africa despite a High Court order releasing his
"We did all the airport formalities but surprisingly an
immigration officer came and said he had instructions from above not to allow
president Banda to travel," his press aide Kennedy Limwanya told AFP.
"We showed him a court order but he still said he could
not allow us."
Banda was set to fly to South Africa on a morning flight for
a conference, after the High Court ruling on Thursday.
His planned trip has been marred by hiccups after a
magistrate's court refused to return his passport, which he had to surrender
after being re-arrested in April on corruption charges.
Banda, who ruled Zambia from 2008 to 2011, when he lost
power to current President Michael Sata, has been appearing in court over a
string of corruption allegations.
Parliament voted to strip him of his presidential immunity
He was stopped from travelling to Kenya on April 9 to attend
Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential inauguration, and last month was blocked from
travelling to Ethiopia for an African Union summit.