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Ex-Zambian leader 'seeking asylum in SA'

2013-02-15 07:39

Lusaka - Zambian President Michael Sata said on Thursday that his predecessor Rupiah Banda was in South Africa to seek asylum.

Sata told reporters in Lusaka that Banda is avoiding answering charges of "crimes" committed while he was in office, without giving details.

"You don't know why Rupiah Banda went to South Africa. [It is] because he is looking for asylum," he said. "But he doesn't know that we can go to South Africa and extradite him, and come and remove his immunity here."

Banda last week refused to answer questions from a team of government anti-graft investigators. He enjoys immunity for any crimes committed while he was in office.

He handed over power to Sata after losing elections in 2011, in what was hailed as an example of a smooth multi-party transition in southern Africa.

Sata's government has since arrested a number of opponents, raising fears the country is sliding toward authoritarianism.

Comments
  • mark.singh.9889 - 2013-02-15 07:48

    He's come to the right place. Here criminals get all the protection they need.

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-15 08:36

      zoomers new spokesperson and new mentor Goodby mac.

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-15 08:36

      zoomers new spokesperson and new mentor Goodby mac.

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-15 08:36

      zoomers new spokesperson and new mentor Goodby mac.

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-15 08:44

      New mentor and spokesperson for for who???????

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-15 08:44

      New mentor and spokesperson for for who???????

  • Saamprater - 2013-02-15 07:55

    Why not. We hosted worse than you on taxpayers' account before. Just leave the 20 wifes and girlfriends at home. We have enough of our own to look after in Nkandla

  • kosie.nel.14 - 2013-02-15 08:22

    Criminals' paradise!

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2013-02-15 08:59

    Zuma must stop inviting criminals to our country. We have more than enough already.

  • abner.mophethe - 2013-02-15 13:26

    so why are you still talking

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2013-02-15 15:19

    all criminals always find a home in sa the capital of crime.the most stinky meat always attract the most ants lol

  • ANASKA - 2013-02-17 22:51

    HE IS A CRIMINAL but without doubt ZUMA WILL WELCOME HIM WITH OPEN ARMS - the two have a lot in comment - - Banda do not forget to bring lots of money

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