Lusaka High Court upholds two years prison sentence for Andrew Banda

The Lusaka High Court has upheld a two years prison sentence slapped on President Rupiah Banda’s son Andrew by the lower court.
This is in a case where Banda, 54, was found guilty by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court of soliciting and receiving over 171,000 Kwacha as reward for assisting Fratelli Locci SRI, a company owned by Italian businessman, Antenello Locci, with Government contracts.
The former first secretary at the Zambian mission in Italy was charged with one count of receiving gratification for giving assistance on contracts, contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Banda is accused of allegedly soliciting and agreeing to receive two per cent of all the money paid to Fratelli Locci SRI, from contracts awarded through the RDA, Road Development Agency.
And in talking to Breeze News shortly after the high court upheld the sentence, Mr. Banda said that he would appeal to the Supreme Court.
He said that it was his democratic right according to the Zambian constitution to appeal against the ruling.

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