RB blocked from going to Kenya at airport

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Last time RB was in Kenya

Former president Rupiah Banda has been blocked from travelling to Kenya.

Mr Banda, his wife and assistants were barred from boarding the plane today around nine hours.

Mr Banda told the Watchdog: ‘I am here at the airport just about to return home because we have been told we can’t travel’.

Immigration officials later told the Watchdog that they had received instructions from higher authorities not to allow Mr Banda to leave the country.

They said they knew that he had a court permission to travel but that they received instructions from ‘higher’ authorities to block him.

Sources at Kenneth Kaunda International airport said president Michael Sata himself instructed the immigration authorities not to allow Mr. Banda to board the plane this morning despite a court order to do so.

The Mutembo Nchito and Fred Mmembe cartel holding president Sata hostage phoned Mr. Sata currently in China to use his powers to block Mr. Banda’s departure for Kenya.

Yesterday, the Lusaka magistrate ordered the government to release the passport of former president Rupiah Banda so that he can join fellow dignitaries at the swearing-in of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyata.

Mr Banda was given his passport on court order and was expected to fly to Nairobi this morning.

One of Mr. Banda’s sympathisers was heard saying with such treatment and judicial interference on the former president where people are even disregarding court orders, it is difficult to imagine how he will receive a fair hearing.

The PF government was not initially invited but after hearing that Mr Banda had been invited, they made frantic efforts to secure an invitation from the Kenyan government.

Ceremonial vice-president Guy Scott will travel to Kenya after the Zambian High Commission in Kenya managed to secure an invitation.

The release of Mr. Banda’s passport follows an application by his lawyers to compel Mutembo Nchito and his cartel to release it without fail.

Initially, the PF government tried to deny Mr. Banda the passport to attend the ceremony on the invitation of the Kenyan government and the Carter centre.


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193 Responses to RB blocked from going to Kenya at airport

  1. no this is now being unrealistic & unreasonable on the part of our president.why can’t he let the judiciary run its affairs.may be he wants a honerary Doctorate in law.wants to be Dr Sata.

    Musami Nkumbwa - April 10, 2013

  2. Wait and see, RB will be jailed not on legal basis but on someone ‘higher than the court’ will just direct the cartel to lead him to Chimbokaila.

    Its the same person who claimed Reconciliation during easter.

    Kizto - April 10, 2013

  3. Cowards!

    zambia twanaka - April 10, 2013

  4. ndelolesha fye.

    mema - April 10, 2013

  5. Sata and his entire followers are mad people. These guyz need to be CAGED and taken to a rehabilitation centre.

    John - April 10, 2013

  6. what a stupid government, just because they were not invited. i don’t think around Africa like this PF government.

    kaingo - April 10, 2013

  7. May MCS live a long and healthy life.

    I would like him and his team to be available to answer the public when they are out of office too.

    curiosity - April 10, 2013

  8. There shall be complete ban on travelling by government officials and politicians.

    We are a wasteful nation.

    lordy - April 10, 2013

  9. Im Sad Indeed, Why Cant Our President Fulfil His Easter Message Of Reconciliation? Such A Treatment To A Fellow Human Being Just Because He Once Or Many Times Committed An Offence\offences And Is Being Proscuted Is Inhuman And Unchritian. While Prosuting RB Is Doing Justice 4 The Sake Of The Poor,But Allowing Him To Enjoy His Freedoms Is Glorious. God Made Man 4 His Glory So Mr President, Let The Blood Of Jesus That Was Shed 4 All Of Us Save RB While His Cases Ar Going On. Donot Allow Sme Of Z Selfsh Pipo Surrounding U Mislead U. Remember RB Was Mislead In The Same Way. U Wear The Armour Of God And Serve This Nation With Love. RB Cannot Run Away And Wil Never Do So And If He Does Then He Has Justified The Alegations Leveled Against Him. U Wil Win The Favour Of God By Treating And Gving RB (And Others) The Respect They Deserves Despite The Court Cases He Has Or Have. Mr President Kindly Listen To The Admonishing Voice Of The Poor Not To The Aplause Cheer Of The Well Placed Rich. God Speaks Mostly In The Poor

    Jozeh Chavm - April 10, 2013

    • He was a wrong man to usher the good will easter message.

      bena lubemba - April 10, 2013

  10. After all has been said lets compare who is better sata or Rb?
    how many pf cadres were freely working and doing business in mmd without any intimidations.
    note that if Rb was as bad as these guys who can give you chance to conduct your business freely Pf was never going to win.MMD errored but Pf its worse.
    i miss my Zambia.

    makatakata - April 10, 2013

  11. Quorte of the day! on Howard Kunda

    “At a time when our politics is dominated by foolish old men like Daniel Munkombwe, scavengers like Gabriel Namulambe, hyenas like Patrick Ngoma, scoundrels likes David Phiri, Richard Taima, Patrick Chikusa, Keith Mukata, rascals like Stephen Masumba, Augustine Seyuba and Emmanuel Mwamba, traitors like that morally bankrupt woman called Catherine Namugala and the useless soldier called Major Richard Kachingwe, we have one in 10 like you.”

    Peter Adamu, Zambia Reports

    Jason - April 9, 2013

  12. Ha ha ha anyway we were warned about this dictator. We are in for it

    Joe Johnson - April 9, 2013

  13. Mutembo Nchito’s vindictiveness knows no boundaries. Ask whoever has experienced it and there are many people.

    Dull as usual - April 9, 2013

  14. He flew around like anything when he was president for three years, never stayed home. Now he is trying to fly away from courts. Easy, stay home and clean up first!

    shilock - April 9, 2013

  15. Thankyou. The big man like his son can bolt (KUTI AINGILA PACHANI)we desparately need him in the country

    kachepa - April 9, 2013

    • His son’s residence been jbh a longtime.

      bena lubemba - April 10, 2013

  16. I advise RB to take a leaf from KK who was demonised by FTJ to the extent of putting a clause in the constitution which almost made KK stateless. KK was almost swept from the limelight and derogated to the dusbin but he remained calm until his morning arrived when Mwanawasa took over. And ever since then, KK’s sorrows and shame are now history.

    mangani - April 9, 2013

    • You are a very wise man may tje Lord bless you sir.

      Mano - April 10, 2013

    • I agree, especially considering that RB is generally healthier and happier that HEMCS.

      Controlling the Poor's Finances - April 10, 2013

  17. well, when you are riding on the back of an elephant, you may think that down there, there is no dew(mame).

    Aston Tembo - April 9, 2013

  18. This PF is up to no good. They want to destroy this country and all its people.

    I AM ZAMBIAN - April 9, 2013

  19. A country where government disobeys court orders is called a failed State.
    Some of us predicted this, that under Sata, Zambian will be turned int a failed state.

    Blago - April 9, 2013

  20. This is too much, and really, really, unfortunate.

    Blago - April 9, 2013

  21. Mubanga u r rite. Its not fair. With this kind of treatment RB is recieving, the man shud not expect anything gud from the courts. Sata i voted for u based on your promises. free educations, 15 bags of fritzy and many more. I didnt vote for u to punish old men like RB. I hv lost intrest in politics. jealous wont take u any where.

    CHAMBOLI H5 KITWE - April 9, 2013

  22. chaona mzako chapita, mawa chili paiwe

    Galu Wachwewe - April 9, 2013

  23. this is very unfair to rb what ukwa is doing pre-judgeing some before the actual court then no need to take the cases to the courts let ukwa nd his group pass judgement, , this also happened with hh wen courts allowed him to go ahead with his meeting but p

    Igkc - April 9, 2013

  24. Then they will claim that they are not infringing on citizens’ liberties? What a government

    Ulemu ni Wabwino - April 9, 2013