RB, HH, Nevers are seeking ‘criminal’ asylum in SA says President Sata

President Michael Sata has accused ex-president Rupiah Banda, opposition leaders – Nevers Mumba and Hakainde Hichilema of having gone to South Africa to seek criminal asylum and not to petition the Commonwealth on the human rights abuses in Zambia as reported.

The president has however said the Zambian government will however extradite former president Banda in an event he is granted asylum, lift his immunity so he can be prosecuted for the alleged criminal cases while in office . But President Sata again said President Jacob Zuma will not grant the three asylum.

He challenged Banda to come back and face the law and the the two opposition leaders currently in court will not escape the wrath of the law.

President Sata without following the law that stipulates that one is innocent until proven guilty stated that the only innocent person in the South Africa entourage was prominent lawyer and ULP leader Sakwiba Sikota.

But the UPND has denied its leader ever seeking asylum anwhere including South Africa. UPND says its leader was around and today was among dozens that attended the burial of former Luena Member of Parliament Cripin Sibeta.

President Sata was speaking Thursday morning at State House during a swearing in ceremony for Ithezi Tehzi UPND Member of Parliament Greyford Monde as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock.

The UPND saays Monde is has been expeled from UPND for disrespecting party rules of MPs not taking appointments in government.