RB immunity order stays

By JIMMY CHIBUYE

FORMER President Rupiah Banda’s permission to commence judicial review of Parliament’s decision to lift his immunity has been stayed by the High Court, pending determination of a State appeal in the Supreme Court.

On April 12, Lusaka High Court judge Annie Sitali allowed Mr Banda to commence judicial review but refused to stop criminal proceedings against him.

Mr Banda is asking the court to nullify Parliament’s decision to lift his immunity.

But on April 26, 2013, State advocate in the Attorney General’s chambers Comfort Mulenga told Justice Sitali when the matter came up for hearing that the State has filed a notice of appeal in the Supreme Court against her decision.

According to a consent order signed by Justice Sitali yesterday, the permission granted to the former president will be stopped until the Supreme Court deals with the State’s appeal.