Zambia arrests ex-president Banda's son

2012-05-31 17:22

Lusaka - Zambian investigators on Thursday arrested a son of former president Rupiah Banda for corruption and possessing assets bought with dirty money, a police spokesperson said.

"Andrew Banda has been formally arrested and charged for corrupt practices and being in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime," Namukolo Kasumpa, spokesperson for the criminal investigations department told reporters.

Banda, currently his country's deputy high commissioner to India, was arrested barely 24 hours after police took a statement from him.

Andrew is the eldest son of former president Banda, who lost to opposition leader Michael Sata in September.

He is accused of charging Italian construction company Fratelli Locci two percent of all its earnings for building roads.

Authorities also say Banda couldn't explain $67 000 in his bank account, money suspected to come from criminal activity.

He was released on bail, his lawyer Sakwiba Sikota told reporters.

Andrew's younger brother Henry, is on the run from authorities, also on corruption charges, and thought to be in hiding in South Africa.

Since winning last year's election, President Michael Sata has launched a broad crackdown on corruption

Several high ranking politicians and former ministers are facing various charges of graft, in what has been described by Sata's opponents as a political vendetta.

Last week the former labour minister from Banda's government was jailed for two years with hard labour on corruption charges.

  • Mtibra - 2012-05-31 18:54

    Cleaning up or vendetta

  • Mapiti - 2012-05-31 18:57

    These are good news for execellent service delivery for the poor in Midvaal and we trust that the ANC led governemnt in Emfuleni will better their lives unlike what is happening in Cape Town where Africans are treated as second class. MDM

      Zahir - 2012-05-31 22:13

      No text books for schools in limpopo no arv drugs in most anc led provinces no money to pay health workers in eastern cape the anc is delivering what?

  • Japana101 - 2012-05-31 20:51

    If this was to happen in Zim, there will be a tsunami, we will have to hire all of SADC's jails!

  • manaf.abubakari - 2012-05-31 23:34


  • Provence - 2012-06-01 07:33

    Send the president to RSA and. Let him clean up the rubbish corruption also among the government trash.

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