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Manoeuvres targeting ECL immunity removal slammed

By GIDEON NYENDWA

IT is shocking to note that no sooner had the 30 Patriotic Front (PF) members of parliament been booted out of parliament by the Speaker than manoeuvres to  implicate former President Edgar Lungu in corruption cases by the investigative wings intensified, Zambia Republican Party president, Wright Musoma has said.

Mr Musoma charged that attempts to link the former president to campaign vehicles and expenses were too obvious.

“They did this with president Rupiah Banda from whom they stripped immunity but they lost in court and more than 300 vehicles were returned to him,” he said.

He said that linking all the investigations that were being carried out by investigative wings to the former head of State was becoming petty and raising questions as to why this was being done after the PF were suspended from parliament.

He said that the push towards removing Mr Lungu’s immunity by the UPND government was becoming worrying and one could not help saying the linking of the 31 cars found in Makeni by the joint investigative team to the   former president was a scheme aimed at his immunity because they have the advantage of numbers.

Investigative wings seized 31 vehicles that were abandoned by unknown people and investigations were ongoing but investigations indicate and point to the fact that the vehicles may belong to a high profile individual who had close ties with the former president.

And former Defence Minister Davis Chama said that UPND should learn from what they did themselves when they accused Mr Lungu of owning the 48 houses that had caused an uproar in the country because they were suspected to be proceeds of crime and the owner was not known.

Mr Chama said that it was later established that he was not linked to the said houses by the investigative wings.

“They should not embarrass themselves once again,” he said.

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