Failure to cite HH for contempt would send a wrong signal to the public

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HH addressing a media briefing at his residence
HH addressing a media briefing at his residence
The Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) has called on Director of Public Prosecution, Lillian Siyuni, to consider instituting criminal proceedings against United Party For national Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema for his allegations of corruption against constitutional court judges.

Mr Musoma said his party, the ZRP, is greatly concerned that alleged failure to cite Mr. Hichilema for contempt may be sending a wrong public signal.

Mr. Musona said that the response by Constitutional court president Hilda Chibomba confirmed what the then Acting Chief Justice Marvin Mwanamwamba stated that the Constitutional Court is aware of contemptuous remarks by Mr. Hichilema but wondered why the Court did not cite him for contempt.

ZRP President Wright Musona said that the court will afford Mr. Hichilema a free and fair trial to prove allegations of corruption among constitutional court judges.

Mr Musona has welcomed the response from Constitutional Court Judge Hilda Chibomba where the court noted the complaint against Mr. Hichilema over alleged contemptuous remarks against three judges of the Constitutional Court.

Lufwanyama resident Henry Chilombo has written to the constitutional court, the Chief Justice and the DPP to complain against Mr Hichilema’s alleged contemptuous remarks against judges of the Constitutional Court, namely, Palan Mulonda, Mulenga Mungeni and Annie Sitali.

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  1. Let the bells toll on Hichilema, he enjoys seeing others in trouble. I want to see how he will humble himself before the Madam Justice Annie Sitali. Has the ConCourt failed to defend itself? I think Hichilema must be a superstar

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    • And to cite him would be construed as political victimization. Upnd would have a field day calling Zambia a failed state.

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    • After seeing his so called convoy on video and his rally in NWP, I actually feel sorry and embarrassed for him. He needs a psychiatrist ASAP! And has anyone noticed that every time president Lungu is out of town Hecky Hecky No! finds a reason to address the nation or hold a rally? I think in his head he thinks he is the president of Zambia. How pathetic. Someone seriously needs to sit this lunatic down and tell him the truth.

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    • Judges especially at the constitutional court are both corrupt and incompetent. Not a single one of them has the requisite qualification to be on the ConCourt. That is Edgar for you!

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    • Ndanje I dont think so. The real issue is if any of these judges are cited for corruption when the system picks up it would be detrimental to there coming fines in years because whatever they do now is not corruption but just making money.
      How I wish Kalaba wasn’t involved with holy criminals. Zambia has no salvation.

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    • Its most myopia for Wright Musona and you other bloggers to toll a wrong application of Henry Chilombo vis-à-vis the Deputy Chief Judge’s comment on the same issue! Yesterday, one of Zambia’s celebrated Lawyers Professor Ndulo wrote a lengthy legal article on this issue, did you read it or because of the Zambian culture of laziness to read, you didn’t? I challenge you Musona and some of you ignorant bloggers who are commenting from without to read it a and google the ‘Bangalore Principles’ on the administration of such legal issues in the Commonwealth Legal Fraternity!

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    • This accusation by HH was made years ago. Why didn’t the ConCourt judges, who were accused of corruption, not cite him then? And why is the issue being brought back by those not accused of corruption? My guess is these Judges don’t want HH cited because there can be some truth to the allegation. PF and the president have also been accused of corruption; have they taken anyone to court? No, because they know there is some truth; fire tenders for a million dollars and more. They just come out looking guilty with insults like those of Amos Chanda, starting to mention amounts he paid for his properties when no one has asked>>>>>>>

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    • – First they used Police to silence opposing views
      – Then they abused ECZ & KangCourt by rigging elections & throwing away petition
      – After that they brought TREASON as an effective method to curtail anyone with an opposing view. But it backfired
      – Today the “in” method is CONTEMPT OF COURT as the judiciary is Judge, Jury & Executioner and chances of being prosecuted are 100%

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    • He is not above the low. Nevers has began to behave ever since he came to the glimpse that you cannot insult the court and be free. This little boy needs some lessons too. Childish.

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  2. Like I said over this matter this is a well calculated move to put him back behind bars.
    He should humble himself like the crooked Bishop thug John Mambo.
    He can be jailed for contempt

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    • Mr Kudos “Rosemary” chipuku. The notorious brainless ghost that uses the other end to think. Because he has no eyes, he can’t see what’s happening. For him there’s no tomorrow. Because he has no nose, he can’t smell his farts. For sure he has no teeth, watch out for his kiss of death. Watch out! Anyone who uses death in any form can cut your life short. This f00l can definitely k1ll you. LT fumyenipo ichi chiwa please.

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  3. @Kudos. I doubt that HH understand how this seemingly irrelevant issue could put him in deep trouble.

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  4. Lungu made sure he got money for his daughter before China grabbed it. Well done Lungu. How can you suck on everything, as a lawyer and president. What else have you failed on? Zambia being taken away under your watch. You can’t even protect the country.

    Kudos, AKA Tasila, what’s wrong with your father? Is he really your father or some fella is your true father? This man sucks in everything.

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  5. Unless there is actually corruption at the Con Court …. We see action or his statement holds water

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  6. The ZRP president is desperately trying to make his party relevant, an outcome of a failed project. Kindly review your strategic plans.

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  7. Now citizens hold your fire. How about just an apology from Hacks that he did not know what he was doing during the pain of his loss. You have seen this even recently with Nelson Chamisa, and earlier with Oginga in Kenya.
    HHacks can take advantage of this occasion to apologise for his other many sins:
    – only tonga to leader of upnd
    – to nsenga rats
    – to bemba monkey-
    – to ECZ Chair
    – miners’ wives to deny their hubbies bedroom rights
    – etc etc
    – many others including future insults which he Hacks can list
    – while at it, let him adopt a nsenga name like “Dabwitso Mbeba” and renounce the hh name which he has made synonymous with trib.alism.

    If he does not agree to apologise, then let the contempt cases go all the way!

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  8. Even by writing a public letter where a judge passes a judgement on this case without court due process is a sign that things are not OK in our judiciary. There are things a judge should not do. Anyone using their heads to think can see that.

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  9. It should be the three Concourt Judges who were accused of corruption who should cite HH if they so wish. If the 3 Concourt Judges cited HH for Contempt of Court then it will be as good as Re-Hearing the Petition. Do the 3 judges want to do this after mishandling the Petition and other Election Related matters? Time will tell.

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  10. We are all following this issue with keen interest because “cuundu chaitwa chairman HH thinks that us Zambians owe him the presidency!!!Hence,Concourt Judges should put HH where he belongs(Mukobeko or chimbokaila)!!!
    Plus PF has won 2 out of 3 wards in N/Western province despite HH&GBM camping in those 3 wards for campaigns while president Edgar Lungu never even went there!!!PF also retained Kasenengwa seat,winning with about 10,600 votes against UPPZ candidate who got about 1 600!!!While PF has been grabbing seats or wards in known UPND strongholds,Kainde’s party has failed to win anything in known PF strongholds (6.5 provinces) since 2016 if not since 2006!!!HOW UPND DREAM TO FORM GOVNT IN 2021 IS SURELY BEYOND ME!!

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  11. THE PF WOULD GO TO ANY LENGTHS NO MATTER HOW RIDICULOUS TO SEE HH IN JAIL !!!!!!!!!!!! THEY ARE BUYING VOTERS, THEY WILL RIG ELECTIONS NOW THEY HAVE TO GET THOSE THAT KNOW THEIR THIEVING WAYS IN JAIL SO THAT THESE PEOPLE DO NOT STAND IN THEIR WAY.

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  12. “HH WILL DIE A BITTER PERSON” says Tayali. I cant wait to see HH in the court to prove those serious allegations against the concourt judges. HH must not be treated like a sacred cow, he like any other person must be subjected to the same laws, otherwise like Mr. Musona has alluded to above, this will send a bad signal to the public. HH thinks he is the most intelligent person in Zambia and that no one can advise him or no one can touch, it is time to bring this tribalist to book. Zambia without HH on the political arena can be more safe and peaceful

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    • Lungu threatened the same Concourt Judges when he told them not behave like Kenyan Supreme Court Judges. Why is Chilombo and Musona not inciting Concourt to cite Lungu over the 3rd Term issue. Individuals cannot incite Concourt Judges and the DP to prosecute HH for an unknown crime. Those who are aggrieved and feel that HH has committed a Crime against them should report him to the Police who in turn will arrest and Prosecute him. U cannot have a Third Party arrested by the Police without having committed a Prosecutable offence.

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  13. SOME ONE CORRECT ME….WHY ARE YOUNGER CITIZENS YEARNING FOR A ONE PARTY SYSTEM….DON’T WE HAVE THE RIGHT HISTORY IN SCHOOLS OR THE TEACHERS ARE NOT TELLING THE STORY WITH NECESSARY PASSION,,,

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  14. Is there ever going to be an end to this “he said she said” nonsense.

    What we need today in Z is the development of us, the Zambian people, and not the interest of PF, UPND, UPPP, MMD and so on, come on zambians invest in us (and not the Chinese)

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  15. UNLESS YOU NOT ZAMBIAN , NOT TO KNOW THAT THE ZAMBAIN COURTS ARE CORRUTY TO THE CORE WITH THEIR CORRUTY PRESIDENT LUNGU . PEOPLE DONT HAVE FAITH IN ZAMBIAN COURTS ANYMORE . THERE IS JUST TOO MUCH CORRRUPTION IN THE COURTS , LOOK ATHE CORRUPTION HAPPENING IN THE ZAMBIAN JUDICIARY IN UNPRESENDEDTED

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  16. Those calling on HH to cited should be objective enough if they mean well for this country. They Include Sunday Chanda on your list, Amos Chanda, Mumbi Phiri and his excellency. Can we for once stop politicking and look at issues objectively? You want the same law to be applied on others and not on others? Can we be serious for once. I am no HH fan but why would one want others punished for same offense others have gone away with?

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  17. On the other hand, the person taking the matter to court should have been personally affected by the actions of the accused. In which way are those people directly affected? The people who should have been pushing this case are the affected judges and not any other “hired gun”

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  18. Stop thinking with your tribe.
    HH blundered.
    Simply acknowledge he made a mistake since we all have seen the evidence.
    Trying to defend him from the responsibility of substantiating his claims about corruption is childish.
    Every man must be held accountable for the words of his own mouth.
    Unfortunately, it will be almost impossible for him to run away from the long arm of the law once he is cited for contempt.

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  19. #Mumbeti Sorry you and your professor Muna Nduko are not credible enough to comment on the issue. Ndulol cannot write anything that will jeopardize HH. Never. If HH addresses a rally that people should be allowed ukunya freely without being impeded by law enforcement, Professor Ndulo will come up with some lengthy discourse to explain with so many examples and reasons why this should be so. Please quote another source.

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  20. No one will cite HH. The case will open reopen the petition. That is the pandora’s box they are not ready to open. The state don’t want to be questioned on that matter and other judgements. HH is praying for the citation that will backdoor and tie the 3 judges to how they arrived at the decision they made. Who did they talk to over the weekend? Who did they meet? Try it. The con court will be bruised more than HH. Opportunity for HH to question the court.

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    • @Pinto, am totally in consent with your view. When you read some of comments here you wonder whether people read on not. The simple thing anyone including DCJ Mwanamwambwa should have done is to read around the issue of contempt. Simple! But hey this is Zambia where a very senior and well respected Judge can go to the extent of rendering a verdict on the premise of a letter from someone who has on loci standi.

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  21. Zambians wonders will never end. Non of you is thinking well for yourself and Zambia. Musoni and Chilombo are looking for money and you are supporting such. Let us talk things which are helping.
    Discuss can be
    1.Corruption
    2. Government Responsibility Toward Citizen.
    3.Promote Unity and end tribalism.
    4. Stopping Political violence.
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  22. Foolishness in Zambia so any chap can just get up and tell our judges what to do and this guy knows nothing about good governance, HH is not an ordinary citizen who u can quietly imprison without any repercussions and besides you are risking the future of those judges in case of changes in government then these poor judges will have to answer for listening to chaps like u

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  23. Where is the independence of our judicial system if any chap can just get up and order our judges like this. Besides the actions he is calling for are only going to compromise good governance and tolerance which is only going to dent PF government’s image abroad

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  24. In any case corruption in international circles is “perception”. The guys who do the Corruption Index for Zambia only stand outside intercontinental hotel at night to observe how many cars move with one light on in front and at the back and it is very easy to form a “perception” or “opinion” that the Zambia Traffic Police is corrupt.

    Equally, when someone says Judges are corrupt, it means they have formed a “perception”, from the Judges behaviour and attitude that they are corrupt. This should be HH’s defense on the matter. It does not mean Judges are corrupt.

    If someone says PF ministers are corrupt, it is the “perception” formed by seeing ministers behaviour and attitude. It does not mean that for sure, they are corrupt.

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  25. Who are Chilombo and Musona to incite Concourt, DP or Police cite HH? How are they complainants in the Petition? What is their interests in matter? Out of 15 Million Zambians why should Concourt and the DP listen to Chilombo and Musona? Chilombo and Musona are just on a hopeless fishing expedition.

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