Magistrates Continue to Adjourn Rupiah’s Case
The ruling in the case involving former president Rupiah Banda asking the Magistrate Court to refer his case to the High Court to determine constitutional matters has been adjourned for the third consecutive time.
Last Thursday Magistrate Joshua had been due to deliver the ruling but did not pitch and deferred ruling to Tuesday, August 26 but this morning Magistrate Obbister Musukwa also adjourned the matter to September 5.
This is the matter where Banda has asked the Lusaka Magistrate Court to refer the matter in which he is accused of abuse of office of authority in the oil deal and is asking the Director of Public Prosecution Mutembo Nchito to declare interest in the matter and not personally prosecute it.
Banda contends that Nchito harbours a well known grudge against him as he blames the former Head of State for the collapse of Zambian Airways.
Nchito and his business associate Post Editor Fred M’membe ran down the airline they co-owned after having heavily borrowing money they failed to pay back.
The magistrate court has already asked Nchito in two other cases against Banda to recuse himself but the DPP seems determined to personally prosecute the former Head of State.