Judge Sitali refuses to stop Rupiah’s corruption case

THE Lusaka High Court has refused to stop the criminal proceedings and investigations against former president Rupiah Banda but has allowed him leave to commence judicial review proceedings.

Judge Anne Sitali yesterday said the leave granted to Banda will not operate as a stay of the National Assembly’s decision to lift his immunity.

This is a matter where Banda applied for leave to the High Court, seeking a judicial review of National Assembly Speaker Dr Patrick Matibini’s decision to preside over what he described as an illegal and irregular motion that saw the lifting of his immunity last month.

In a ruling delivered yesterday, judge Sitali granted Banda leave to commence judicial review proceedings in the matter but was quick to say that this would not operate as a stay of the National Assembly’s decision to lift his immunity.