Robert Amsterdam
Robert Amsterdam

THE Lusaka High Court has thrown out an application by Former President Rupiah Banda’s lawyer, Robert Amsterdam alleging that the Zambian Government has denied him a Visa to enter the country.

This is in a case in which President Micheal Sata had sued Mr Amsterdam, the Zambia Daily Nation Newspapers and managing director, Richard Sakala seeking an injunction to restrain the defendants from publishing any articles against him.

Mr Amsterdam then raised a preliminary issue before the high court deputy registrar, Chilombo Phiri accusing the Zambian Government of having denied him a Visa to enter the country for the purpose of defending this court action according to Article 18(9) 4, of the Constitution. Ms Justice Chilombo threw out the application.

He later appealed against the dismissing of his application before the high court, and the matter was handled by Judge Mubanga Kondolo who also yesterday dismissed the application on grounds that Mr Amsterdam did not provide proof that he had been barred from entering the country.

“All the reliefs sought are based on Constitutional provisions, in seeking protection from the perceived violation of his fundamental rights, the appellant should have filed a petition, on that basis, the appeal is dismissed,” Mr Justice Kondolo said.

Mr Justice Kondolo had however allowed Mr Amsterdam to file a petition because it was a pertinent issue.

Mr Amsterdam had asked the court to stay proceedings in this matter pending the hearing of his application but had also been thrown out as well the other application to set aside the writ on grounds that he ought to have made a separate application seeking an order to compel the State to grant him entry into the country to defend himself.

Mr Justice Kondolo has since directed that the main matter in which Mr Sata was seeking an injunction to restrain the defendants from publishing articles on him should proceed and that parties be at liberty to apply for Orders for Directions or to file Consent Orders for Directions.

“In the meantime, the main matter shall proceed and the parties are at liberty to apply for Orders for Directions or to file Consent Orders for Directions,” Mr Justice Kondolo said.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Levy presided over a very corrupt government. There was massive corruption under the MMD rule. Starting from Kafupi, Cabbage and then Nyama Soya. They established the foundations of destruction for this country.

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    • Who was that leaders in MMD who was advocating for the Third term office? What good did he saw in the government which today you are calling as “Corruption” for him to be the spokes person of Chiluba? Was he know given the platform of Minister without portfolio?educational

      Panga Family do not appreciate and that is why they are quiet and poor family in efficient.

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  2. Corruption started way back in Kaunda’ s days, and don’t think for a second PF is corrupt free, these are same guys who were in mmd and Unip. Levy did his best to
    Move our nation forward and I pray Sata puts politics aside and concentrate on working
    Than worrying about media and opposition

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    • LEVY WAS TOO CORRUPT UNDER HIS BEST. HE WAS A BIG TIME PRETENDER WHILE THINGS WERE DONE OR NOT DONE.

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    • If there was so much corruption in the UNIP days then,who benefited from it because from it?I ask this question because most office bearers,including ministers in the UNIP government ended up being beggers.
      This was so evident in especially in lusaka.Non of their assets were frozen nor were taken to court.The reason for this was simple,they had nothing.Even Scotland yard brought in at the request of FTJ found nothing not even the alleged $6 billion dollars.
      Corruption started and peaked during FTJ’s reign.Levy tried to stop it.RB revived it a bit.PF are trying to keep it but are worried about future implications.Levy’s corruption campaign is making people think twice.

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  3. @ China – I agree with you.
    Unfortunately though, it is highly unlikely that your prayer will be answered.

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  4. This Netherlands’ capital city name sake chimpazee should never set his foot on our soil for his own safety. Let him not think that we have short memories to forget how he insulted us. Some of us are non partisan in issues but it pains us to hear a fox like him insult us.

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    • THE GOVT SHOULD ALLOW HIM TO COME BUT LET HIM LAND AT THE JUST GRABBED AIRSTRIP IN EASTERN PROVINCE AND THEN WE WILL WELCOME THE LAWYER THERE! HE WANTS TO COME TO A COUNTRY OF STUPID PEOPLE? LET HIM COME PLEASE. LIKE WHAT THE LATE LIWEWE (MHSRIP) SAID: ” I WILL BE THE FIRST ONE TO WELCOME HIM”!

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  5. Please people, leave LEVY out of this. He is not here to defend himself. He resigned from Chiluba’s govt because of corruption which Chiluba perpetrated during his reign. That is why LEVY wanted Chiluba jailed because of his massive corruption serving his narrow interest. Rest in Peace LEVY.

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  6. @ Musonda, I think reasonable debate is healthy even if Levy is gone….its true that Levy tried to bring sanity to govt operations but its also true that Levy took chiluba to court to settle a personal vendetta, not necessarily because he was fighting corruption. Levy was a political so its understandable that he would use a political pronouncement to punish a political rival at the same time try to wash his name clean politically by a popular act…… in the name of ‘fighting corruption.

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  7. Amsterdam keep your vile pig mouth that is stuffed with RB’s stolen money out of our country. Go holiday in Thailand instead. Matuvi yako

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  8. Amsterdam keep your vile pig mouth, stuffed with RB’s stolen money, out of our country. You venal lump of excrement. Why not go holiday in Bangkok?

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