Government has cautioned former President Rupiah Banda against playing politics because his ‘active’ participation after retirement may cost him his taxpayer-fund benefits.
The warning has been issued by Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba, who in an interview in Lusaka yesterday, said Government will not hesitate to strip Mr Banda of his benefits as the constitution clearly states that any former head of State who remains in active politics cannot continue being funded by tax-payers.
“If Mr Banda is still interested in the political equation or landscape,” Mr Kabimba said, “we will stop giving him his retirement benefits as the constitution is very clear on this matter.”
The Justice Minister, a lawyer himself was commenting on “wild” claims by Mr Banda’s eccentric lawyer Robert Amsterdam who has issued a statement saying the former President is being persecuted for political reasons.
Amsterdam, who often represents disgraced politicians, fugitives and people accused of stealing from their countries, claims that the removal of Mr Banda’s immunity is part of the Patriotic Front’s (PF) plan to transfer power from President Sata to a successor.