Lusaka, Zambia - Andrew, the son of Zambia’s former President Rupiah Banda, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for corruption.
Banda, 52, was found guilty on one count of soliciting and receiving gratification to facilitate the award of road projects to Fratelli Locci, an Italian road contractor, during the period his father was president.
Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda, in his ruling Friday, said the prosecution had proved that Banda corruptly solicited for gratification and received payments from Fratelli Locci on current and any future road projects and contracts.
Andrew Banda, who was then working as First Secretary at the Zambian mission in Italy in 2010 and later deputy high commissioner to India, solicited and agreed to receive gratification from Locci, amounting to 2 percent of all road contracts awarded to Fratelli Locci.
Magistrate Banda said the prosecution had proved that funds were transferred from AB Logistics, a firm owned by Banda, from Fratelli Locci, the firm owned by Antoneil Locci.
According to the prosecution, Banda also threatened Locci that he would not be given any contracts if he did pay the 2 percent.
Magistrate Banda said he had seriously taken into account the mitigation plea but that a custodial sentence was inescapable for deterrent measures.