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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

It’s Persecution from PF, says NDC as the Party Instructs Laywers to Appeal against Kambwili’s Judgment

Headlines It's Persecution from PF, says NDC as the Party Instructs Laywers...

National Democratic Congress Party (NDC) vice president Joseph Akafumba has described the arrest and charge of the party’s president Chishimba Kambwili as persecution from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) that stand to benefit from the matter.

Mr Akafumba told journalists in an interview that magistrate in his judgment Magistrate Simusamba made it clear that the case was first reported to Amos Chanda who was at the time press assistant to president Lungu and what followed was the arrest of Dr Kambwili.

Mr Akafumba said by this implication the arrest of Dr Kambwili was a project for the ruling Patriotic Front who stood to benefit from its outcome.

Mr Akafumba said that when the matter started, Dr Kambwili not only reported Magistrate Simusamba’s bad conduct the Chief Justice but also asked the ACC carry out an investigation to establish whether or not there was any wrongdoing in the conduct of Dr Simusamba, adding that Dr Kambwili did not only end at reporting magistrate to the authorities but also sued him in the high court of Zambia.

Mr Akafumba regretted that this is the same magistrate who went on to hear and determine the matter involving Dr Kambwili, adding although what has happened at court yesterday was extremely saddening.

He observed that from the word go, the magistrate had scores to settle with Dr. Kambwili and the fact that he was reported to the chief justice, suggest Magistrate Simusamba was not the right magistrate to hear the matter.

“Even today when reading out the judgment, it was clear that Magistrate Simusamba was settling scores on the perceived conduct of Dr Kambwili especially when accused Kambwili making moves to delaying the court and was going to punish him for it,” he said.

Mr. Akafumba said this was not the way it should be because in all court systems, the magistrate is required to have what he described as water in the mouth.

“Regrettably, magistrate Simusamba had to swallow the water and jumped into the arena to fight Kambwili and for this reason that the judgment came out in the manner it has come, ” he said.

Mr. Akafumba said the party has instructed the lawyers to appeal against the conviction and sentencing all the way up to the supreme court and that he is sure that the facts before court does not support the judgment and this made the chances of succeeding very high.

Mr. Akafumba urged members countrywide not to lose hope because what happened is but just a temporal set back which has come from the PF.

36 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Hichilema is the one who stands to benefit as he now doesn’t have any headache at all on how he was to dupe CK of running mate. CK should wait till 2026

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    • The only good thing about this judgement is that PF has started a game that HH will continue with and see through to completion. So ni gloves off AND GAME ON!!!

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  2. Mwanikatila sisi ya mwana wanga. Simuzagona a mambala! And you want to continue intimidating our children just like that even when they have better ideas than you have!? PF, govern the country ffs! Let the children of Zambia enjoy their country. What is this that facilitates a bigamist reporting a crime? Guys!? Wake up!

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  3. Mwanikatila sisi ya mwana wanga. Simuzagona a mambala! And you want to continue intimidating our children just like that even when they have better ideas than you have!? PF, govern the country ffs! Let the children of Zambia enjoy their country. What is this that facilitates a bigamist reporting a crime? Guys!? Wake up!

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  4. Political statements won’t help CK, have competent lawyers look at his case to see whether it merits an appeal. CK’s family must take charge and not allow the attacks on the Magistrate because they might regret. Ask CK if he indeed did it. Simusamba didn’t take CK court, so he isn’t the problem

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  5. What goes around will surely come around, and the one who laughs last surely laughs the loudest. Where this country is going, we will see those who are oppressing others with pleasure because power has absolutely corrupted them cry. In fact, the first law that should be repealed as soon as there is change, is the one that bars one from being charged again after being washed by fake court acquittals like balya njikwite. All of them must go back to Court and account for every ngwee they have stolen from the poor Zambians.

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  6. Humble man seems to be a step ahead of the opposition in scheming. I hope the opposition get people who can analyse and strategise anything they hear from PF cadres it doesn’t matter how absurd it may be. Lungu, sells his crooked ideas and when the Cadres start hauling they should know it is coming from Lungu and counter it immediately by going full throttle and attacking Lungu directly and not the Cadres. They need a team to snif anything and be on the forefront in attacking not couterattacking and defending. Lungu had gone on a 2 point prong attack to knock Kambwili out. First by using Tayali and second by using Mwenya Musenge. When Musenge’s trick failed they still had Tayali’s case going. NDC where so relaxed and didn’t do their homework and this is the end result! Sleeping on…

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  7. UPND should also be very careful with the way they go about accepting the privatisation of parastatal companies in the Nineties. Lungu and PF are the ones that are going to appoint the chairman and commissioners to seat on the proposed commission. With so many guns (Judges and Justices) for hire there is no guarantee that are going to seat on the commission will have any ethics, morals and integrity. This could end up seeing HH also being taken out of the race. The opposition should gather a team of powerful Lawyers to stop the formation of this commission until after elections or insist on having the UN to appoint international Judges and commissioners to seat on the commission and the results to released after 2022 and should cover corruption under the current regime and how money…

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    • In zed any ***** can claim to be a doctor of something even without a grade seven certificate! They think the title bestows intelligence! MFs!!!!

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  8. Sometimes better to shut our mouth then open to please the
    People. This is the outcome.Then
    You blame this or that person.
    When you leave or you are expelled from ruling party better
    Relax and enjoy your wealth.

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  9. Its called Persecution thru Prosecution. They are done with CK for now but are busy scheming a disqualification in the 2021 Presidential Elections for HH. Its dangerous and unthinkable for ECL and PF to have HH on the 2021 Ballot Paper. They are desperate to eliminate HH from participating in the 2021 Presidential Elections. The writing is on the wall.

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  10. Take a look at the merits of the case based on which judgement has been passed before you cry political persecution. Your leader did commit all what he has been convicted on. Are you saying in the NDC government such offenses will not be punished? Or because its your leader, such offense should not be punished?

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  11. He should have worked on the prison Infrastructure and conditions the time he was minister. Unfortunately, he was busy registering his own companies and awarding himself contracts.

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  12. 12 months for such a serious crime is very reasonable in fact too lenient. I have a feeling on appeal he will be given a longer term or sentence. Sometimes best to accept your wrong doing and learn from it.

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  13. @kaiser Zulu sit down. How many crimes have you committed in your life and have gone unpunished because of connections with Lungu? There is a party cadre called Chomba with fake qualifications and is not fired or taken to court. He is still a PS. If Kambwili was in PF, there would be none of these. However it would be stupid for Kambwili to get a presidential pardon in exchange for returning to PF.

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  14. Do you have to say all that if you want to appeal? I thought just after the judgment you appealed. Am surprised that today you are saying you have instructed your lawyers to appeal as if you were debating whether to appeal or not. For your information Mr. VP the country is not even bothered by CK’s sentencing. In fact, UPND members are celebrating. Katuta wondered why ECL was quiet during the summit, am also surprise why HH is also quiet. We all he is a man of demand. He could have already had said, l demand the release of CK. Could it be that he is quietly celebrating. It is a million-dollar question.

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  15. Law – even bad law must be followed. It looks like when you are a politician in Zambia, then you are immuned to prosecution. What is political about the forgery case. There are only two things – Kambwili forged or did not. State witnesses proved beyond reasonable doubt that Kambwili forged. Kambwili was put on defence but instead – he was busy fishing outside the court case – aiming at the judge.

  16. A person who stole employment benefits from a widow and was even suspended by LAZ still roams scot-free in Zambia.
    Evidence of a banana republic .

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  17. Independent you must be very dull to fail to differentiate between a criminal offence and a mere misconduct or breach of code of conduct. Very thick and dull

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  18. The strategy is clear owing to the fact what shenanigans they had to pull to steal the 2016 elections where the results announcer was seen announcing absurd figures, and we don’t have a clue what happened to the man they caught interfering with results at the announcing center, buried ballots etc. now PF don’t want UNPD to contest especially one HH, they would rather have a weak opposition that they can easily beat or non entities like Tayali who are good a licking shoes.

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  19. Sober mind here. He was convicted by an independent judiciary on evidence that was given. Let’s look at facts and not emotion. By his forging documents for setting up companies and unfairly getting contracts disadvantaged many a Zambian. This culture of supporting anything for lack of education is dangerous to Zambia. So what they are saying is that judges and the judiciary should only pass judgement on ruling crooks and not the crooks in the opposition? Crooks in waiting, like MMD and PF their children.

  20. One of the good things coming out of Kambwili’s conviction and consequent jailing is that people are talking about what was not talked about before. And that is politicians cannot continue to use persecution as an excuse for their criminal or underhand activities. The other good thing coming out of Kambwili’s jailing is that criminals will not rush to form political parties as a means of shielding themselves from prosecution for their criminal activities. Zambians are so easily won by mere perseptions. Courts deal with facts and technicalities etc. We need to start building trust in our own institutions.

  21. Chendabusiku you have spoken. Zambians need to understand that the courts unlike the legislature and executive don’t work on semantics and fluff. The judiciary is Zambia’s remaining normal wing of government. The other two are jokes kikikikiki.

  22. CK is not more important than a street kids. We are all Zambians and if anyone committing a crime or break the law. The law must visit him or her. No one is special then the other. Tepa animal farm.

  23. When all is said and done, my prayer is that CK will not be misled into filing an appeal against his conviction. In the face of what seems to be overwhelming evidence against him, CK would do well to act like a man and accept what has happened. With remission, he should be out during the next eight months instead of wasting his time fighting a lost battle.

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