THE removal of immunity of former president Rupiah Banda by parliament last week and the subsequent summoning by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) is a fraud because it lacked procedure and credibility, says UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr. Hichilema said that it was shocking and strange that the Speaker of National Assembly Dr. Patrick Matibini participated in the planned sinister agenda.
He said that Zambians wanted the fight against corruption to be done in a manner which did not have dirty hands, adding that what happened in parliament last week was the highest order of corruption and lack of respect for the House.
It was sad that the architects of fraudulent activities are corruptly using parliament to settle political scores.
“The Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Matibini whom we had a lot of respect for shocked the world on that particular day over his ruling which was biased towards the ruling party. He sacrificed the rule of law and what he has done is that he has created conflict of interest between the legislature and the judiciary.
“The job that he did to interpret the law when the law was clear on issues that are before the courts was really shocking and a fraud. His ruling is fake and will never be respected by all well meaning Zambians,” he said.
He said that it was sad that instead of guiding parliament, the Speaker allowed corruption to be conducted openly by allowing a matter which was before the courts of law to be discussed and debated in the House.
Mr. Hichilema said that allowing corrupt elements to push for the motion was an assault on the fight against corruption, adding that justice and chastity required that those that who call for justice and morality should firstly exhibit it.
The opposition leader said that Dr. Matibini misled Zambians by suggesting that Parliament was superior and the courts of law had no jurisdiction when precedence was already set.
He said it was unfortunate that parliament lacked leadership as the approach used to remove Mr. Banda’s immunity was full of vengeance and hate from those welding power.
“I am sure that even the conscience of the speaker is haunting him. The removal of immunity was done in bad faith. Nothing was right about what happened in parliament especially that the presiding officer seemed to have made a decision even before the matter was brought to parliament. It is sad that parliament and specifically this parliament are endorsing illegalities,” he said.
Mr. Hichilema said that the motion was flawed because it was speculative and inconclusive, adding that the speaker had already convicted Mr. Banda before he was heard.