today's Pick
Son of Zambian ex-president jailed for graft
Publish Date: Feb 15, 2014
Son of Zambian ex-president jailed for graft
Andrew Banda (in red), the son of Zambias former president Rupiah Banda
  • mail
  • img
newvision

LUSAKA - Zambian ex-diplomat and son of former president Rupiah Banda was on Friday sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption.

Andrew Banda, 53, was arrested in 2012 on charges of soliciting a kickback from Italian company Fratelli Locci, which was awarded a contract to build roads.

In passing the sentence, Magistrate Joshua Banda said he had considered mitigation presented by the defence that the accused was a first time offender.

But he said a "custodial sentence" was necessary and "therefore I sentence the accused to 24 months effective today, but both parties are at liberty to appeal."

The court also found him guilty of failing to account for 360,000 kwacha (63,000 dollars/46,000 euros) found in his possession, which is suspected to have been proceeds of criminal activities.

Banda, a former deputy high commissioner to India and former first secretary at Zambia's mission in Italy, is one of the many officials from Banda's adminstration charged with graft, after a massive clean-up campaign launched by President Michael Sata after he came to power in 2011.

His father, the former president, is also facing corruption charges.

The Sata administration has also tried raising graft charges against Banda's young brother Henry, but Interpol cancelled a demand for his arrest because it could not find enough evidence against him.

Henry Banda has been out of the country since his father lost power to populist Sata in a presidential election in 2011 and lives in South Africa.

Andrew Banda, who did not indicate if he intends to appeal the sentence, had earlier told AFP that he was ready for anything.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Ugandan rebels spread fear with DR Congo massacres
You sent soldiers to wipe us out, but here we are." That was the chilling message from Ugandan rebels during the latest massacre in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to one survivor...
Mbabazi steps aside as NRM secretary general
National Resistance Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, has taken leave of absence from office....
Makerere university students strike
Makerere university students have gone on strike protesting a hike in graduation fees....
European foreign ministers gather in Luxembourg Monday to try and formalise a joint EU response to combat the Ebola virus amid diplomatic warnings the crisis has reached a "tipping point"....
D-day looms for Pistorius over killing of lover
South Africa's fallen star Oscar Pistorius could be jailed for 10 years or return to serve house arrest Tuesday when he will be sentenced for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp....
Egg freezing: controversial new benefit in the US workplace
Free meals, four months of maternity leave and now egg-freezing: Facebook''s latest gift to its employees has rekindled debate on the role of women in the company....
Do Ugandan tycoons prepare their children to take over their business empires?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter