Former president Banda arrested for theft of trucks

Zambia’s former president Rupiah Banda has been arrested by Joint Investigations Team in Lusaka for allegedly stealing some trucks. The former president was arrested Monday morning, April 15, 2013 when he appeared before the Joint Team on Investigators.

The former president was arrested and charged with concealing of gratification contrary to section 36 of the Anti-Corruption Commission – ACC Act no.38 of 2010, involving Nine light trucks valued K471 million which he allegedly received from a named Construction company of China.

The details of the charge is that Banda on dates unknown but between January 1, 2011 and August 30, 2011 received the Nine trucks which property was obtained as gratification from SOGECAO Zambia limited a subsidiary of Anui Foreign Economic Construction company, the company that constructed Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola.

Banda as president then is said to have concealed the receipt of the nine trucks by registering them in the names of other people connected to him.

Investigations Spokesperson Namukolo Kasumpa confirmed the development and disclosed that the former president will appear in court on April 30, 2013. She explained that the former president was released on Kr500 Police bond with two working sureties.

MMD had a fleet of trucks over 70 which the party used for its campaigns during the 2011 elections. The MMD is said to have used about K11 billion during the campaigns. It is one of the reasons that were advanced by Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba when he tabled the motion to lift Banda’s immunity.

Banda is also arrested in an oil deal involving millions of US dollars, the case he is already appearing in court.

Last week despite the court order, authorities blocked him from flying to Kenya where he was invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of that country’s new leader, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Acting Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya said Banda was late for the event adding that the State was suspicious of his travel as he was due for arrests on the corruption charges he has been questioned on.