Ex-Zambian leader Banda arrested again
15 April 2013, 15:26
Lusaka - Embattled ex-Zambian president Rupiah Banda was
rearrested Monday and slapped with fresh graft charges linked to the
acquisition of nine trucks for his 2011 re-election campaign, investigators
"The former president, Rupiah Banda has today been
formally charged and arrested in connection with nine light trucks which he
received from a construction company that was constructing a stadium,"
said Namukolo Kasumpa, a spokesperson for the Government Joint Investigations
The 76-year-old who ruled Zambia from 2008 to 2011 was
stripped of his presidential immunity last month and now faces a string of
corruption related charges.
According to Kasumpa, the trucks were used for political
campaigning in an election Banda lost to former opposition leader Michael Sata.
He was freed on bail and will appear in court April 30.
The latest arrest came shortly after he was questioned by
investigators over his role in a sale of land to an Egyptian investor.
He is also being tried for profiting from a Nigerian crude
oil contract which also said to have benefited his family members
He has denied all the charges, calling his prosecution a
political witch-hunt by Sata's adminstration, which critics say wants to
silence dissenting voices.
Since Sata came to power he has rolled out an
anti-corruption drive that has seen senior politicians and diplomats hauled
Last week Banda won the right to challenge parliament's
decision to remove his immunity, as a judge found that lawmakers erred in
voting on the matter.