Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Chikopa tribunal requests citizens wishing to testify to register

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Judge Chikopa -Malawian high Court judge chosen to head the Tribunal
Judge Chikopa -Malawian high Court judge chosen to head the Tribunal

THE tribunal appointed to inquire into the alleged professional misconduct of three judges has asked citizens who want to testify and make submissions before the inquiry to register.

The tribunal, which was appointed by President Sata on April 30, 2012, will be investigating alleged professional misconduct of Supreme Court judge Phillip Musonda and two High Court justices Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga.

Tribunal secretary Chipili Magayane said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the tribunal has completed its formulation of inquiry and citizens who want to testify are free to register.

Mrs Magayane said dates and times when the tribunal will start its sittings will be communicated in due course.
“The tribunal has since completed formulating its method of inquiry and is now ready to commence proceedings to be held at New Government Complex.

“The tribunal, therefore, wishes to urge all persons interested in and are intending to testify and or make submissions before the tribunal, whether orally or in writing, to register with the tribunal’s secretariat,” Mrs Magayane said.

She said citizens should provide the tribunal with their full names, particulars of appropriate identification documents, physical address, contact number and an indication of what, within the tribunal’s terms of reference, is of their interest in the matter before the tribunal.

Mrs Magayane said the terms of reference in relation to the three judges will inquire into how they presided over the hearing and determination of the case of Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) versus Post Newspapers Limited, JCN Holdings Limited and Mutembo Nchito.

She said in respect to justice Musonda and Kajimanga, the tribunal will inquire into how they allegedly interfered in and illegally retrieved or caused the retrieval of the case involving DBZ versus the Post Newspapers Limited, JCN Holdings Limited and Mutembo Nchito.

Mrs Magayane said the tribunal will further inquire into how justices Musonda and Kajimanga interfered in and illegally retrieved or caused the retrieval of the case involving Finsbury Investments Limited versus Antonio Ventriglia and Manuela Sebastiani Ventriglia.

The three judges are alleged to have interfered in, illegally retrieved or caused to have retrieved and presided over the matter from High Court judge Albert Wood.

Last week, the Supreme Court overturned High Court judge Fulgence Chisanga’s decision which stopped President Sata’s action to suspend and appoint a tribunal to investigate the three judges.

27 COMMENTS

  1. WELL SPOKEN. WE WISH THIS MATTER WILL BE TREATED WITH THE FAIRNESS IT DESERVES. ALL OF US WHO THINK WE HAVE ANY EVIDENCE ARE FREE TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS. I THINK IT WILL BE FAIR IF THE TRIBUNAL WILL STICK TO THIS ROAD-MAP DRAWN HERE. WE ALSO HOPE THAT THE PROCEEDINGS WILL BE REPORTED VARBATIM IN THE MEDIA SO THAT WE CAN BE AVAILED THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOT ONLY HEAR BUT SEE FOR OURSELVES THAT JUSTICE IS BEING DONE. THERE ARE A LOT OF ROMOURS CIRCULATING AROUND ABOUT THE FAIRNESS OF THIS TRIBUNAL BY A FEW BUT VERY VOCAL PERSONS WHO LIKE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES IN SCREAMING HEADLINES, SOMETIMES WITH INSULTS UNFORTUNATELY. THEIR FEARS WHETHER FOUNDED OR UNFOUNDED MUST BE ALLAYED. THE TRUTH ALWAYS TRIAMPHS. GOD BLESS ZAMBIA.

  2. JUDGE CHIKOPA HAS BEEN ‘EATING’ TAX PAYER’S MONEYS FOR OVER ONE YEAR, DOING NOTHING.
    IF IT WAS A FELLOW ZAMBIAN CONFORTABLY LODGED IN PAMODZI EVEN BAKATEKA COULD HAVE TAKEN A SWIPE!!
    STRANGE HOW WHEN THE SPECK IN SOMEONE’S EYE, WE YAP YAP YAP! BUT WHEN IT IS US, WE RECOIL AND GIVE A BLIND EYE??
    GOD IS A GOOD GOD!

  3. JUDGE CHIKOPA HAS BEEN ‘EATING’ TAX PAYER’S MONEYS FOR OVER ONE YEAR, DOING NOTHING.
    IF IT WAS A FELLOW ZAMBIAN CONFORTABLY LODGED IN PAMODZI EVEN BAKATEKA COULD HAVE TAKEN A SWIPE!!
    STRANGE HOW WHEN THE SPECK IN SOMEONE’S EYE, WE YAP YAP YAP! BUT WHEN IT IS A LOG IN OURS, WE RECOIL AND GIVE A BLIND EYE??
    ONLY GOD IS A GOOD GOD!

  4. This is a stinking exercise in futility that is being pushed by people with a hidden agenda. But everyone involved in this must know that whatever has been spent on Judge Chikopa and the 14bn owed to DBZ will be demanded back in full by Zambians at an appropriate time. Chikopa must know that we shall follow him wherever he will be after 2016.

  5. But how can we be sure that his Chikopo has not been compromised? indeed one year at The Pamodzi who the fcuk is fighting this poverty? and why is it a tribunal on rulings that affect questionable characters in this society? Nga nafulwa, nganakalipa, ndeshupa, tamwanjikate!

  6. UYO. MUNZI WAPYA WAMA CORRUPT JUDGES. BABA YOU MUST EXPLAIN WHY YOU FRAUDULENTLY TOOK OVER THAT CASE FROM WOODS WHO DID NOT RECUSE HIMSELF FROM THE CASE. AND YOU MADE A STRANGE RULING IN AN IMPROMPTU MANNER. WE KNOW THAT IT WAS ENGINEERED BY RB TO .FIX HIS MOST HATED ENEMIES. WE ARE NOT DULL

    • Why not ask the really important question here my brother/sister. I remember it being stated that wood was an interested party in more than one of the many cases, do you expect level headed justice there?
      These enemies of RB you talk about, are they not enemies of the state in their contribution to the destruction of our economy and morals not to mention funds? These judges might have a case to answer but is it logical or even moral to bring some foreigner to conduct an obviously preconceived outcome…I find that bothersome, especially that people like you enjoy your own ignorance.

  7. We have heard how big Membe post has become in this pf govt!Even actions are speaking extremly louder than speach.MY apeal to Chikopa is to please allow justice to prevail before you case your own career for life!Watch out coz God Almighty is watching you!b

  8. We have heard how big Membe post has become in this pf govt!Even actions are speaking extremly louder than speach.MY apeal to Chikopa is to please allow justice to prevail before you case your own career for life!Watch out coz God Almighty is watching you!

  9. @ Nkwazi__Flying_LegalizeIt . THAT IS INTERESTING. HOW MANY THINGS HAVE WE HEARD? WE HAVE HEARD SO MANY THINGS ABOUT EVERY JUDGE AND ABOUT EVERY JUDGEMENT. AS LONG AS A JUDGE DOES NOT RULE IN YOUR FAVOUR HE IS CORRUPT AND BIASED. THAT IS WHAT AS ZAMBIANS WE HAVE COME TO BELIEVE. IT IS VERY UNFORTUNATE. IN THIS CASE WHAT IS THE WAY FORWRD THEN? BECAUSE JUDGE MUTUNA TOOK OVER A CASE FRAUDULENTLY. JUDGE WOODS DID NOT RECUSE HIMSELF. WHAT WAS MUTUNA’S INTEREST? HE TOO WAS AN INTERESTED PARTY. AGAIN WHAT IS THE WAY FORWARD??? EVEN IF JESUS CAME TO CHAIR THE TRIBUNAL PERSONS LIKE YOU WILL NOT BE SATISFIED. WHEN JUDGE FLUGENCE CHISANGA STAYED THE RULING SHE WAS YOUR HERO. WHEN THE SUPREME COURT OVERRULES HER, THE SUPREME COURT BECOMES CORRUPT, FOOLISH COMPROMISED, LED BY AN OLD WOMAN ETC. THIS…

  10. This hired gun of a judge will be taken to the hague after the departure of the Bufi man frm the presidency. He is presiding over a tribunal that was created to protect friends of the president that flaudlently acquired a loan that they knew they wil not pay back.
    Be assured that these guys wil come to pay back even after 20yrs with huge interest.

    • Who told you the friends of the president deserve injustice from the corrupt judges? Wait for the truth. Mutuna’s judgement was a farce. If a limited liability company defaults on a loan, the bank can only seize the assets of the company, not assets of the shareholders. Just google the meaning of LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

  11. @ Munthu. YOU SEEM TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS CASE. THE TRIBUNAL HAS SAID MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE FREE TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS TO THE TRIBUNAL. AM SURE WITH THE EVIDENCE THAT YOU SEEM TO HAVE THE TRIBUNAL WILL BE MORE THAN WILLING TO HEAR YOU. WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR EVIDENCE ON HOW THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO PROTECT HIS FRIENDS. WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU ARE A CREDIBLE OR A FALSE WITNESS. OR A VENGEFUL SPECTATOR.

    • Spot on Chisenga! Chaps like Munthu, Voice of Reason, Praiseworthy and Mama Africa, including all those other bloggers who instead of posting anything relating to the topic at hand but only say we want the K14bn back should make submissions to the tribunal.

    • Look here, Chisenga, there is no need to start lecturing everybody here as though you possess all the knowledge. You should understand one thing that individuals are free to hold whatever opinion they might have over this issue. Why do you seem to take offense over that? Yes, you may have confidence in the Judge Chikopa tribunal but you should realise that it is not everybody who feels so. Please do not force people to give evidence to a tribunal which they consider to be filthy and stinking.

  12. SALARY REVIEW COMMISSION WE SUBMITTED, ZESCO TRIBUNAL WE SUBMITTED, CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW COMMISSION WE SUBMITTED, ZAMTEL TRIBUNAL WE SUBMITTED ETC ETC.
    WHY WASTE PEOPLES TIME AND MONEY. JUST PRONOUNCE YOUR FINDINGS….

  13. @ Chisenga, your points are full of reason.
    I foresee a situation in which the tribunal would find the Three Judges to be found wanting and a case to answer.
    The terms of reference are so narrow and perfectly poised for a short tribunal.
    It’s in public domain that Judge Wood,was the rightful adjudicator on this case and if no proper procedure was followed in allocating the said case to the two judges, then they would be found wanting and the Judge responsible for allocating cases.
    @Muntu, A limited company can only have its directors pursued for loans if they personally guaranteed the same or knowingly acted in a manner that put shareholders wealth at risk. A very difficult case to prove on its own. The airline industry suffered greatly and because they operate in diminshing goods.

  14. How can a judge (Woods) who is a friend of the accused give a fair ruling in this case, why were the accused run to the president if they were not happy with the ruling of justice Mutuna appeal to the Supreme Court like everybody does, are these people the so called cartel more special than any other Zambians. The money that is involved in constituting a tribunal and to pay everyone involved is all tax payers money just because of Membe, Nchito, this is not being done in nation interest. These people are settling scoles using tax payers money.

  15. Iwe I wish you were in Zambia,but eish you are somewhere in IRAQ and cannot understand dynamics back home

  16. BUT HOW CAN JUDGE MUTUNA THE ENEMY OF THE ACCUSED GIVE A FAIR HEARING? YES. THE MONEY INVOLVED HERE IS A LOT. AND DBZ HAS THE RIGHT TO ASK FOR THE MONEY TO BE SETTLED. BUT WHO WILL SETTLE THIS DEBT? AND HOW YOU ARRIVE AT THE CONCLUSION MATTERS. IT IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF HOUNDING OUT JUDGE WOODS AND CONCOCTING AN RB-JNDUCED JUDGEMENT HASTILY. THESE ARE THE ISSUES THAT WE WANT THE TRIBUNAL TO DIG INTO.

  17. CHIKOPA should be jailed before he goes back to Malawi. He is a thug like PF criminals. I just hope he will be in Zambia when Zambia experience a winter revolution when Sata and his thugs will run to nowhere.

    This Chikopa should feel ashamed of himself honestly.

    No Zambians wants you thug to eat their money

  18. get out tell mm’embe and nchito to testify do you think anything good can come from this chikopa who has been feasting on our money

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