‘Nkole lying’ — State House
|Former Task Force cahirperson Max
State House has said the allegation by former Task Force on
Corruption chairperson Maxwell Nkole that President Rupiah Banda interferes with
the delivery of justice in the country is demeaning to the Head of State and
insulting to the judiciary.
Special assistant to the president for Press
and public relations, Dickson Jere, said in a statement yesterday that President
Banda believed in the doctrine of separation of powers, which underpinned the
independence of the judiciary from the other two arms of Government – the
executive and legislature.
Mr Jere said Mr Nkole should avail himself
with the necessary evidence before releasing false and libellous statements to
the media, as he did in yesterday’s Post newspaper.
“At no time did President Banda promise
to terminate Dr Katele Kalumba’s corruption
cases in return for political support in Chiengi.
“Likening the case
of Dr Kalumba to that of the late second Republican president, Dr Frederick
Chiluba, is doing injustice to the memory of the late president,” he
Mr Jere said Zambia was currently mourning Dr Chiluba, and dragging
his name through the mud, as Mr Nkole and others were trying to do, was an
affront to the country’s culture and tradition.
He said for the record,
Dr Chiluba faced the courts and was acquitted on
corruption charges by the High Court and not President Banda.
president does not appeal acquittal cases to a higher court. The Constitution of
the Republic of Zambia is very clear on the appeal process. It empowers the
Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal to a higher court based on his legal
opinion,” reads the statement.
Mr Jere said the courts had convicted and
sentenced a number of the president’s political colleagues and the conviction of
Solomon Musonda, the former Health deputy minisiter, was one such example which
demonstrated the independence of the courts.
Some former service and
security chiefs had also been convicted by the courts and at no time did
President Banda attempt to reverse the convictions.
Mr Jere said the
accused defended themselves in courts and had, in some cases, been
He said Mr Nkole was a bitter and frustrated man who tended
to blame his failure to run the disbanded task force on corruption on
“As a former police officer, he must understand that Zambia is
one of the few African countries which have upheld the independence of the
judiciary. Let Mr Nkole learn to respect our courts of law,” Mr Jere