THE hooliganism in former MMD Lusaka Province chairperson, William Banda yesterday came to the fore when he pounced on a television cameraperson and attempted to strangle him.
Mr Banda, who had just been arrested on two counts of being in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime, shocked everyone including police officers when he sprung like a tiger towards a group of journalists, grabbing a Muvi Television cameraperson Lloyd Kapusa by the neck, before being restrained.Journalists found Mr Banda at Woodlands Police Station negotiating with a group of police officers who were about to lock him up but was incensed upon realising that photographers and camerapersons had been taking photographs all the while.
Mr Banda immediately abandoned his discussion with the police and in a flash was seen going for the Muvi Television camera but could not easily reach the gadget as Kapusa shielded it away from the rampaging Mr Banda.
Out of further rage, the former MMD member who has now joined the United Party for National Development (UPND) went for Kapusa’s throat in full view of the police and other on-lookers.
It took a good while before some police officers could unclench Mr Banda, who was clearly oblivious of the surroundings but just bent on inflicting punishment on Mr Kapusa.The police managed to free Mr Kapusa and hauled Mr Banda, as if he was a common criminal, to the police cell.
His lawyer, Rabson Malipenga, had been arranging Mr Banda’s bond as these events were unfolding outside the police station.
Mr Banda was earlier questioned by the Government Joint Investigations Team at the former Task Force on Corruption offices before he was taken to Woodlands Police Station for formal arrest.
Investigations team acting spokesperson, Christopher Chibanku said Mr Banda was arrested on two counts of allegedly being in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime, contrary to section 71 (1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act, number 19 of 2010.
Mr Chibanku said in the first count, Mr Banda is alleged to have been in possession of five motor vehicles reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
The vehicles in question are two Toyota Prados, registration numbers ABZ 1661 and ABR 9874; a Toyota Harrier, registration number ALB 3619; a Toyota Surf, registration number ABG 9009, and a Toyota Cresta, ABX 1408.
In the second count, Mr Banda is alleged to have been found in possession of cash amounting to K108 million suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Mr Malipenga said his client was granted a K50 million bond in his own recognisance with two sureties and would appear in court on August 30, 2012.