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PF asks court institute contempt charges against Sylvia Masebo

General News PF asks court institute contempt charges against Sylvia Masebo

Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo
Sylvia Masebo
THE Patriotic Front (PF) has asked the Lusaka High Court to institute contempt of court proceedings against expelled Chongwe member of Parliament (MP) Sylvia Masebo for allegedly issuing disparaging remarks on a matter that is before the court.

According to an affidavit in support of summons for leave to institute contempt and committal proceedings, PF disciplinary committee chairperson Tutwa Ngulube said Ms Masebo has been quoted in the media commenting on an issue which is before the court.

“I learnt of the said wild utterances which in all respect were very shocking considering that this matter was brought to the court by the plaintiff herself and she ought to have respect for the court,” he said.

Mr Ngulube said there is a growing tendency by politicians to make utterances and running commentaries on matters before courts of law.

He argued that unless committal proceedings are initiated against Ms Masebo, the status quo will remain.

“I, therefore, crave this court grant us leave to institute proceedings against the plaintiff. That as a prudent Zambian, the plaintiff had knowledge of the said proceedings as she is the plaintiff and of the implications of her comments,” he said.

Mr Ngulube said the words were calculated and meant to either put pressure on the court to grant an order of injunction or specifically calculated to cause embarrassment to the court by showing that she already knew the outcome of the proceedings.

He noted that the words attributed to Ms Masebo created an impression that she has succeeded in her claims by virtue of perceived precedents in the National Assembly.

Mr Ngulube also observed that words and declarations and comments made on a matter that is active before court are allegedly contemptuous and that unless leave is granted, the public will perceive the proceedings academic.

He said the courts must preserve its integrity by punishing or reprimanding litigants that comment on matters that are subjudice with a view to put undue influence on the adjudicators or cause them embarrassment.

“I learnt of the said wild utterances which in all respect were very shocking considering that this matter was brought to the court by the plaintiff herself and she ought to have respect for the court,” he said.

Mr Ngulube said Ms Masebo’s comments have attacked the credibility of the judiciary and the courts of law and thereby, lowered its estimation in the eyes of the right thinking members of society.

He argued that that Masebo may continue to make the comments if she is not cited for contempt.


  1. can you leave that woman alone for christ’s sake..you have expelled her but it seems you cant even spend a peaceful night because of her rantings…grow up guys and stop fighting an individual but instead focus on developmental issues; 2016 is in your backyard looking at how much time you are wasting and how much you will pay for that time..opposition political parties are strategising and you are busy fighting an individual; a woman for that matter..ala insoni ebuntu bane!

    • Yes you can. Shaka said finish your enemies while you still have chance or your enemies will get up regroup and attack you.


  2. This woman must be left to yap anyhow. Courts have rules for litigants. She must not confuse library studies with law nor should she think that she is always on top of things
    Tutwa go ahead. She must feel the cold and become frigid

  3. PF is playing double standards…..Chiwamila Galu……..When UPND says Poniso, Richwell and Monde are expelled, you start crying foul that UPND is causing bye elections. The complexion and ethos of PF is slowly but surely changing….it is a new Party.

  4. It will take six to eight months for the contempt case to be disposed off, should Masebo be found guilty, she will appeal to Supreme court, that’s another four months. Effectively, the real case where Masebo has sued PF will commence after 10 months i.e around December 205/January 2016. Add another 6 months to that for the high court verdict, another 6 months in Supreme court after appeal by aggrieved party. We’re talking about December 2016 when this can be concluded and elections are tentatively set for September 2016. This renders this whole thing an academic exercise. In short, Masebo, GBM, Siamunene, Njeulu, Monde will be in Parliament until Lungu dissolves it.

  5. This ngulube abroagated the pf constitution by declaring his relative president by asking panga weilding cadres to raise their hands,that was wrong.

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