Lawyers for former President Frederick Chiluba have written to the Speaker of the National
Assembly asking Parliament to restore Chiluba's presidential immunities.
were taken away in 2002 during the tenure of the late president Levy Mwanawasa.
The request follows Chiluba's acquittal Monday of corruption charges involving
the theft of $500,000 from public funds.
Maxwell Nkole, chairman
of the Task Force prosecuting corruption in former President
Chiluba's government, said immunities cannot
be restored because the former president still faces other corruption
Chiluba was being tried on a crime involving half a million dollars. We even
have an investigation against him where he is a participant in the loss of $20
million where he is accused of purchasing arms for the Republic of Zambia which
have never been delivered… I really do not see how anybody can be asking for
lifting of immunity at this point in time when in fact we have outstanding
investigations against him," he said.
said former President Chiluba is also being investigated for eight and a half
million dollars from Canadian suppliers which had been approved by the former
also said former President Chiluba has yet to account for funds from the
privatization of the Zambian Copper Mines.
said the Task Force was consulting with its lawyers on whether to appeal the
former president's not guilty verdict.
our investigation point of view, we still have several cases outstanding where
Dr. Chiluba is supposed to be queried. So the acquittal does not necessarily
absorb him of responsibility for abuses. As for the case upon which he has been
acquitted, we are consulting with our lawyers to see whether we can present an
appeal," Nkole said.
dismissed claims by supporters of former President Chiluba that the charges
against him were politically motivated.
said his Task Force was set up to recover money that has been stolen from the