Lifting RB’s immunity unjustifiable-GYZ

Parliament should start by lifting the immunity of the sitting President, before removing the immunity of president Rupiah Banda.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, Gallant Youth in Zambia (GYZ) executive director Henry Mulenga said calls to lift the immunity of the former President Rupiah Banda were unjustifiable.

He claimed that MPs must start with the removal of the sitting Head of State who had many cases to answer as a way of demonstrating commitment to the fight against corruption.

Mr Mulenga said the move was meant to divert attention from corrupt activities reported in the PF government.

He said it was unfortunate that some individuals had decided to fight the Former President by using cheap propaganda.

Mr Mulenga charged that some individuals were using public resources in futility by fighting pointless campaigns.

He challenged the PF government to help in recovering tax payers’ money from people who owed the nation.

It was neither far nor justified to have asked Mr Banda to appear before the joint investigative team.

Mr Mulenga stated that the PF government was ruthless and had no heart for the people because of its intolerance against other people.

He said parliament had a responsibility to collect petitions from the public through their constituencies to determine whether or not it was appropriate to proceed with the exercise of removing the immunity for the former head of state for the purpose of probing.

Mr Mulenga said it was only parliament that would be able to remove the immunity of the former Head of State but warned that government should approach this exercise with caution.