Former president Rupiah Banda has demanded that Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mutembo Nchito who has personal interests to serve must recuse himself from his prosecution and persecution.
Mr Banda said Mutembo, working together with Fred Mme’mbe, Managing Editor of The Post and Rajah Mathani, Chairman of Finance Bank, were culpable of many wrong things and it was sad that President Sata allowed them to dominate and influence his prosecution and persecution.
Meanwhile Civil Rights activist Brenber Changala has charged that President Sata is a sadist for allowing his peer Mr Banda to be harassed and insulted by young men who have no locus standi in this nation.
He said Mr Banda fought for the independence of this country and served in various government portfolios rising to the highest position in the land and, today, a cartel that is holding Mr Sata hostage has resolved to harass and humiliate him under Sata’s watchful eye.
Mr Changala reminded Mr Sata that posterity will judge him harshly for the Bible in Mathew 7 says “do unto others what you want them to do unto you”.
“This cartel will not stand with him in the dock when time comes for him to answer these human rights violations that have become the hall mark of his maladministration. This a warning to Sata,” he said.
The civil rights activist was reacting to government’s decision to bar former president Banda from travelling to South Africa.
He likened the circumstances that Mr Banda had been caught in to those of the Zambezi Portland Cement saga where Court Orders could not be served by sheriffs because state police had been used to block the service.
“In this case the immigration has been used to block court orders with impunity. This is a very dangerous trend that PF has embarked on for anyone aggrieved will now take the law in his own hands.
“It’s equally dangerous to our governance system which is anchored on an independent and vibrant judiciary and the people of Zambia not to allow Mr Sata or indeed any of his minions to go unpunished for this blatant disregard to the rule of law. For even organised terrorists have a code of conduct what more an elected government,” Changala said.
He wondered if Mr Banda would get a fair trial with what was happening and demanded that DPP Mutembo Nchito should recuse himself in the interest of the natural justice.
Mr Changala charged that Mr Nchito had proved beyond reasonable doubt that he was using his constitutional office to settle political scores with Mr Banda.
The civil rights activist appealed to the church, the civil society and all well meaning Zambians to rise up and defend the law and the judiciary for the betterment of Zambia.