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Vol 44 No 5

Published 7th March 2003


Zambia

Poison and bankruptcy

Arresting the former President sets a precedent and splits the ruling party

The arrest of former President Frederick Chiluba on 24 February, to face 66 charges of corruption, will make a lot of African leaders even keener to hold on to their jobs. It could also split the governing Movement for Multi-party Democracy. Chiluba is jointly charged with seven others, including his confidant and ex-intelligence chief, Xavier Chungu, suspended Treasury Secretary David Diangamo and Chungu's ex-deputy, Yogham Zuru. Chiluba was arrested after the Supreme Court had decided, on 19 February, that the ex-President's immunity from prosecution could be lifted. He is now out on bail of K1.5 billion (US$3,400), his passport confiscated by the Court.

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