Chikondi Trust Foundation Founder Bishop John Mambo
Chikondi Trust Foundation Founder Bishop John Mambo

CiSCA chairperson and senior citizen, Bishop John Mambo has escaped jail for contempt but has been given a fine. Appearing before the Supreme Court full Bench, Mambo escaped the punishment received by others that were given jail sentences for similar offences.

The Supreme Court found Bishop Mambo guilty of Contempt but fined him K25,000.00. Mambo voluntarily pleaded guilty to a contempt of court charge in the Supreme Court, adding that he didn’t mean to bring the Court into disrepute or undermine its authority.

Bishop Mambo is alleged to have committed contempt of court when he wrote a letter to the Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima on May 12, 2018, over the Savenda Vs Stanbic matter.

“The legal suit against the bank by Savenda, though given a favorable decision at the lower court, was suspiciously overturned by the higher court on appeal…most judges seem to be more interested in achieving personal ambitions at the expense of justice for all and equality before the law…,” read Bishop Mambo’s letter in part.

But when the matter came up in the Supreme court before the full supreme court bench, Bishop Mambo, who was represented by three lawyers, reversed his earlier plea and pleaded guilty to the charge.

His lawyers told the court that their client wanted to purge his contempt. In his purge, Bishop Mambo apologised for the contemptuous remarks emanating from the letter he wrote.

Bishop Mambo said that when he wrote what he wrote, he did not mean to bring the court into disrepute or undermine its authority, but that his intentions were to raise what he believed were concerns of alleged corruption with respect to the judiciary.

“Little did I know that sending the letter would bring me into contempt with the entire bench. My actions are regrettable. I sincerely apologise,” he said as he also quoted some Bible scriptures on forgiveness.

Asked by Justice Mwanamwambwa whether he read the judgments passed by the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court over the Savenda and Stanbic Bank case, Bishop Mambo said he didn’t read the judgement passed by the courts in that case and said that he wished he didn’t write the letter.

“I did not read the judgment apart from what is in public domain. I wish I did not write the letter,” Bishop Mambo said and some media houses of misinterpreting the contents of his letter to Justice Mambilima.

But the Supreme Court ruled that it was reckless for Bishop Mambo to have published a letter before reading about the judgments in that case.

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    • @Kudos please have some respect for elders…Bishop Mambo is my friend Eddy’s Father….no wonder the world is now so messed up because of morons like Kudos

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    • In case you wanted to know why Zambia is sinking into hell, look in the mirror. People like you are a negative in any society in the world with your filthy mind. Respect will beget you respect, even in dissent and difference of opinion.

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    • All you chaps talking about respect and chindika where was Bishop Bast*rd Mambo’s respect for the judges whom he called corrupt without reading the Stanbic vs Savenda judgement?
      These same selfish idi*ts like Akainde, Mambo, Chifire and Clayson Hamasaka are the reason Zambia is where it is today.

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  1. And the coward Gregory Chitufi ran away from his jail term. These UPND cadres are so cheap and spineless.

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  2. Escaped by the skin of your teeth!!!. You should be careful here don’t criticize government or the judiciary unless you reside outside the country.

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  3. Well that is how people with Arab blood are treated(meaning Libya and Egypt).Peter Carlos Hinds.

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  4. My father told me that a good who’re is a person that would have money and want more money.Peter Carlos Hinds.

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  5. Bishop Mambo should concentrate on church work and its like of late he as gone off the rails,he as no direction,he as gone political.Bishop examine yourself and see if you are holding unto your faith.Mwilasebanya ishina lyakwa Lesa alaaaaaaaa iwe Bishop

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  6. Too bad for him, again looking at his mouth it’s obvious that it’s difficult for him to keep it shut. He is a “man of God” therefore, his voice should not take sides in politics. His criticism should be neutral and fair, otherwise he is as useless as PF and UPND (ECL and HH)

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  7. One would wonder what your interest was in the matter because you don’t seem to have been directly linked or involved. It is always important to ask God to guide us with what to say, how to say it and when to say it. Otherwise, i see it as self inflicted pain.
    Silence is sometimes the best answer/option.

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  8. It’s very shameful that Bishop John Mambo found himself in this situation, it’s also very difficult to sympathize with him. Whoever ordained must strip him of that title, he lost it the moment he accepted to serve of the Board of Zambezi Portland Cement. If Mambo was in Court for defending his poor flock who are the orphans, widows, peasants who are getting displaced from their land etc, I could’ve stood by him. Savenda is a rogue International company, they’re dubious. Mambo was out of his mind by defending the indefensible, besides Savenda had the best lawyers. Was that part of his calling as a member of the clergy?

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  9. This man and chipenzi are same. He has DNA of hatred for PF and ECL because of the beef he had with Late M.C.S.
    Whole bunch of UPND civil societ organization cadres behaves same no respect for the law of Zambia.They are bitter.

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