Despite Court order, ex-president Banda stopped at the Airport from traveling to Kenya

Former Rupiah Banda this morning was stopped from boarding a Kenyan Airways plane  at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport to Nairobi where he was invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony for that country’s President Elect, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Banda was recently arrested and is in court facing corruption charges though a Lusaka Magistrate Court yesterday ordered that he be given his Passport to travel to Kenya where he had been invited to attend the inauguration of President Kenyatta.

The journey was however blocked this morning by Airport authorities who told Banda’s team that they had received instruction to do so. One of his Assistants Kennedy Limwanya revealed that the instructions were from higher authorities.

Starting last week, the leader of the State Prosecution Team who is the country’s Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito was reluctant to release the former president’s Passport which is in the custody of the State so he could travel to Kenya.

Following Banda’s accepting defeat in 2011 elections to his rival the current president Michael Sata to pave way for a smooth transition of power, a very unusual situation in Africa, Banda won recognition in the International Community which has been using him to monitor elections.

Banda headed the Carter Centre international election observer mission in Kenya that saw a smooth election despite fears of violence that had occurred during the previous poll.