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23 April 2017 12:06 (South Africa)

Zambian president rues money spent on prosecuting former head honcho

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Zambian President Rupia Banda says the government spent $13m in prosecuting former president Frederick Chiluba, and that the money would have been better spent on schools, medicines and hospitals. Chiluba was accused of embezzling $500,000 of public funds, but was acquitted of the charges in August. However, in a separate case in 2007, London's High Court ruled Chiluba had defrauded the Zambian government of more than $40m using British-based bank accounts, but it doesn’t look like he will face British justice any time soon. Meanwhile, Zambia's opposition accused Banda of interfering in the courts to secure the acquittal of Chiluba, and win over Chiluba supporters ahead of 2011 elections. Sounds sort of familiar, doesn’t it? Read more: BBC, Mail & Guardian

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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