The acquittal of former President, Rupiah Banda, in the Nigeria oil deal case has cheered the Movement for Multiparty Democracy, MMD in Eastern province.
MMD acting provincial chairperson, Jacob Mwanza, says that the judgment has vindicated Mr. Banda and he should now be allowed to enjoy his freedom and retirement peacefully.
Mr. Mwanza says that Mr. Banda was just being accused out of hatred.
And Mr. Mwanza says that Mr. Banda’s acquittal is also a sign that claims that he ran a corrupt government were just lies which were aimed at tarnishing his image and the MMD party.
Mr. Mwanza says that this is confirmed by the adoption of MMD members by the same parties and people, who accused them of being corrupt.
The Lusaka Magistrate Court yesterday ruled that former President Rupiah Banda has no case to answer in the Nigerian oil deal.
This is in a matter in which former President Rupiah Banda was charged with abuse of authority of office contrary to the law.
Magistrate Joshua Banda ruled that Mr Banda is free to go home and that the state had failed to prove the case beyond all reasonable doubt.
Magistrate Banda charged that the prosecution was incompetent on this one matter.