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LAZ asks Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota to respond to accusation of professional misconduct

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Lawyer Sakwiba Sikota

The Law Association of Zambia -LAZ- has written to Lusaka lawyer Sakwiba Sikota asking him to respond to the matter in which former Mahtani Group of Companies lawyer Zaheeda Esssa has complained of professional misconduct.

LAZ has as a result of Essa’s letter advised Mr Sikota to respond to it within 48 hours.

However, the letter which is dated 1st October 2012 has not yet reached Mr. Sikota’s law firm-Central Chambers.

The LAZ letter is also copied to Essa, who is the complainant in the matter.

Police have also confirmed receiving a complaint letter from Essa and an affidavit where she documented a series of activities she alleges she was made to do to tarnish the image of the Mahtani Group of Companies.

The letter has also been made available to ZNBC News in Lusaka.

LAZ states in the letter that the Legal Practitioners Committee will proceed to hear and determine Essa’s complaint in the absence of Mr. Sikota’s response.

Essa states that her complaint was against Mr. Sikota and his clients Mohamed Salama, Odysseas Mandanakis and Antonio Ventriglia, whom she accused of committing alleged extortion.

ZNBC

25 COMMENTS

  1. SIKOTA IS A CORRUPT LAWYER AND LAZ SHOULD DE REGISTER HIM AND REVOKE HIS FIRM LICENCE.THIS LEBANESE / EGYPTTION GUY MOHAMED SALAMA AND HIS PARTNERS SHOULD ALSO BE JAILED FOR THIS SERIOUS OFFENCE AND SHOULD BE BOOTED OUT OF ZAMBIA AFTER SERVING THEIR JAIL SENTANCE.ZAMBIA HAS LOTS OF BOGUS INVESTERS FROM CHINA/INDIA /LEBANANON AND EGYPT AND THEY ENGAGE THEMSELVES IN DODGGY BUSINESS.THOUSANDS OF INDIA BOYS HAVE FREELY OBTAINED ZAMBIAN PASSPORTS WHICH ARE BEING SOLD FOR 12,000/15000 USD .THERE ARE MANY LOCAL INDIANS WHO ARE SELLING ZAMBIAN PASSPORT TO THEIR RELATIVES , THIS RACKET IS HIGHLY ORGANISED WITHIN THE PASSPORT OFFICE WHERE SINIOR GUYS ARE INVOLVED…ITS TIME PF GOVT REMOVES THIS ROT AND DEPORT THIS GUYS INVOLVED IN THIS RACKET.

    • Malikopo is tribal and through his/her writing, one can easily see that if it were about a Bemba lawyer, all is ok. For once, there is a Bemba lawyer with his colleague a magistrity who killed for money yet they are free on the street of Lusaka. Ask the Indian businessman in jail.

  2. @Malikopo. 1. Do you have evidence that Senior Counsel Sakwiba Sikota is corrupt? Tender the same to the Anti-Corruption Commission, DEC or Zambia Police. 2. The same applies for the information you suggest you possess on the passport racket at Immigration/Passport office. 3. I wish to just observe that Essa’s vitriolic attack is reminscent of the then vernomous attack on Dr Mathani. And if you are a lawyer, there is an issue of credibility. And I opine well knowing that the matter is yet to reach court.

  3. Article 18 of the constitution contains provisions on protection of the rule of law and rights to a fair trial, which are relevant to the law of evidence, including, presumption of innocence (Art 18 (2) (a). And remember the case of Woolmington v DPP of the young 21 year old lad who escaped the noose by three days!!??? Wynter is a lawyer and not a moralist; he will not resign. Watch.

  4. leave Sikota Sakwiba alone… Goons. PF sponsoring this to descredit sakwiba. Who ever is responsible shoould be prepared to face the legal suite from Sakwiba.

    Ine ndeloleshafye.

  5. Zaheeda Essa is a useless woman. When Mhatani was in problems, she turned against him thinking the man was finished and that she would make more money and stay in Zambia comfortably with Bwezani and his minions. Now that Mhatani is back like he has always been bouncing back over the years, she writes some letter thinking that it will impress Mhatani and probably she will be given back her job at Mhatani group of companies or she thinks turning against Sikota like she did to Mhatani will lead to a comforfable stay in Zambia. Zaheeda, this is Zambia and you better stick to one position. This Sikota you’ve turned against will bounce back and you will end mad. As for you Dr. Mhatani, stick to your Zambian managers who will always be with you in all battles. Those Asians almost messed you up.

  6. I look foward to the day whne Matemba Mito the ppd will also answer for the maniuplation of the state, black mail etc against so many businessmen. The list should be extended to many other lawyers!

  7. What is the urgecy that sikota has been given 48 hours. why not 7 days? Current LAZ is a pf tool and is not happy with sikoat’s achievements and vision for human rights.

  8. @#1 Malikopo. you have a serious problem. there is very little you know about Essa. This woman is corrupt and a crook. It is not true that all indians, lebanese Egyptians and the rest are crooks. No that is not right! So of one Zambian has stolen does that make all Zambians thieves? Think clearly my friend and be logical. Time is coming when all these guys will be caught up with the law, Zaida Essa included. There’s a lot you don’t know my friend.:o:o

  9. how sikota has remained a lawyer and practising despite naked/nude corrupt activities he has involved in, defies logic and rule of natural justice.

  10. Mamama…Sakwiba, just see how he is associating with the world criminal layer Armstadum. Sakwiba is no lawyer.

  11. Remember that it is not that first time that Sakwiba is face to face with agents of the State. Remember many years back they tried to discredit him because of his stand for justice and the rule of law. The Chiluba government muted a plan where Sata who party and executed by Richard Sakala; Sakala ended up in prison; Kavindele when he was republican vice president he was party to the same scheme; Kavindele was made to apoligise in parliament and paid damages to sakwiba; Leave Sakwiba alone he is one of the few lawyers we have in the country who follow the law by the book.

  12. If RB went after Dr. Rajan Mahtani with bad intentions of damaging him to avenge his then friend FTJs’ (MHSRIP) grudge and wish for financial gain by Rb himself, then Sakwiba Sikota as lawyer for the state must have been privy to alot of legal malpractices. Lawyers must protect the sanctity of attorney/client confidences and Zaheeda Essa was forced to act against this principle. Sakwiba Sikota as a lawyer knew that this was wrong and allowed DEC & ACC (under the influence of RB) to interrogate and extort information from Zaheeda which information was in her possesion as legal counsel for Mahtani Group of Companies. Practitioners of the law should avoid at all cost to find themselves at the other side of the law. Sakwiba must respond to these accusations!

  13. What exacly is Zaheeda saying? Is she saying she has no backbone? Can anyone go and hire a lawyer with no backbone as their defender? LAZ should deregister Zaheeda. The police should also charge her with perjury!

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