State capture: Lungu takes drug lord Findlay with him to Swaziland.

As we reported yesterday, the Constitutional Court has clarified and ordered that the presidential immunity is not absolute and should be removed by parliament when it is clear that a former president wantonly committed crimes while in office.

State capture is a type of systemic political corruption in which private interests, individuals significantly influence a state’s decisions, projects to their own advantage.

For example, Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea was impeached and later arrested for corruption when she allowed her private friends to influence government decisions and accompany her on state duties.

Prosecutors accused Park of abusing her power and colluding with her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure major South Korean companies such as Samsung into paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes in return for business favours.

For Lungu, there is documented evidence on how characters like drug lord Valden Findlay influence his regime. Just this weekend, Valden Findlay was in Lungu’s entourage to Swaziland at government expense.

 

In this photo, see Valden Findlay right behind Lungu.

Others are state house workers Amos Chanda, Kaizar Zulu, Daniel Siwo (who is also Valden Findlay‘s drug courier), Hibene Mwiinga, Derrick Mpundu, deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Christopher Mvunga and presidential affairs minister Freedom Sikazwe,

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