, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 1 – Kenyan Police said on Wednesday that the son of former Zambian President Rupiah Banda who is wanted by authorities in his country is not in Kenya as reported.
Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said they had established beyond reasonable doubt that Banda’s son Henry, was last in Kenya on November 23 last year.
“He is not in Kenya,” Iteere said on telephone.
Sources indicated he previously travelled to Kenya on a regular basis to meet his business partners and associates.
The sources confirmed that when he is in Nairobi, he resides at a residence in Lower Kabete owned by a well-known Kenyan family.
Capital News visited the residence but no vital information was forthcoming from a guard who instead put us through to the homeowner on phone.
“If he (Henry) was in my house the police commissioner would know. You should find out from the police,” the businesswoman said before hanging up. She went on to ask for our contact details through the guard.
Zambia’s Inspector General of Police Martin Malama was quoted in the country’s newspapers on Tuesday saying he believed Henry was now in Kenya and warned him to own up rather than continue playing hide-and-seek with the law, having fled from South Africa where he had been hiding.
Zambian police have issued an international arrest warrant for the fugitive.
The arrest warrant was sent to Kenyan authorities on Tuesday, and Director of the Criminal Investigations Department Ndegwa Muhoro confirmed receipt.
Police Spokesman Eric Kiraithe when reached on Wednesday said, “We do not know where he is but he is not here.”
The former Zambian President’s son is wanted in an ongoing investigation into his father’s most expensive election campaign last year which incumbent President Michael Sata said was funded through graft, according to the country’s newspapers.
Police in Zambia are reportedly investigating claims the former president and his party were involved in massive corruption and abuse of office when Banda was fighting to remain in power.
But despite the well-oiled campaign, Banda lost the grip of power he had held between 2008-2011 through the Movement for Multiparty Democracy.
Sata has vowed his government will thoroughly investigate and prosecute those who were involved in corruption because he rides on an anti-graft platform.