The Judiciary has directed that no party cadres will be allowed access to court premises.
Reacting to the riotous behaviour by UPND cadres yesterday when they went to the High Court to offer solidarity to their leader in the ongoing presidential election petition hearing, Judiciary, Chief Administrator, Nalishebo Imataa said the riotous behaviour and damage caused to property and motor vehicles by the cadres is disturbing.
Ms. Imataa has explained that the cadres invaded the Court premises after the hearing of the Presidential petition chamber matter and fought running battles with the police to try and have access to the judge chambers.
In a statement, Ms. Imataa said several motor vehicles belonging to lawyers and a Government motor vehicle belonging to the Registrar of the Commercial Court division had their windscreens shattered while several doors and windows of the High Court building were also damaged.
She said failure to follow the directive by the cadres, the affected cases will be adjourned to later dates.
Yesterday, there was chaos and mayhem in Lusaka when UPND cadres caused terror at the Lusaka High Court and their own secretariat which left a trail of destruction in which vehicles were smashed while the windows and doors of the High Court were shattered.
And, stones zoomed by, lawyers cars were smashed, teargas canisters reverberated as chili soot covered the Supreme and High Court grounds which were turned into battle zone by the UPND cadres who clashed with the police at the hearing of the petition against the election of President Edgar Lungu.
The UPND cadres went on rampage smashing windows of cars and shattered the doors and windows of the High Court as well as lockers using an assortment of ammunitions in an attempt to force themselves into the chamber of High Court Judge Mwila Chitabo with the aim of physically harming him after he issued a notice that the matter was going to be heard in chambers.
The cadres virtually turned the High Court chambers into boxing rings where lawyers, judges and witnesses were reduced to spectators of a fist-fight between the police and the cadres. Onlookers, bystanders, lawyers, petitioners were forced to seek refugee into Judges’ chambers as the UPND cadres ran riot causing terror at the court grounds.
The UPND cadres led by Innocent Kalimanshi who was expelled from the PF for violent activities were bussed from across Lusaka and besieged the grounds of the High Court as early as 08:00 hours yesterday and chanted anti-government slogans while the police watched on.