Government refuse to release RB’s passport despite court order

FORMER President Rupiah Banda has for the third time failed to travel out of Zambia, this time to Tanzania for the Global 2013 Smart Partnership dialogue after State agencies could not release his passport on Friday.
The former head of state was to join other former Heads of States at the Dialogue, and these include Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, Joachim Chissano of Mozambique, and Jerry Rawlings of Ghana who are bestowed with the status of Fellow Emeritus due to their involvement with the Smart Partnership Dialogue.
This followed a latest court order allowing him to be out of the country for four days.
On Thursday Lusaka High Court judge Anesi Banda-Bobo ordered the State to release Mr Banda’s passport after the former president filed inter parte summons to vary bond conditions, and for an order for release of the passport pursuant to Section 126(3) of the Criminal Procedure Court.