Friday, June 14, 2024

Detention of 8 Gassing suspects for two years without trial saddens Justice Minister

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Justice Minister, Mulambo Haimbe, is saddened that eight youths of Gwembe district have been remanded for two years at Monze correctional facility for matters relating to the gassing incidences in 2020 without trial in the courts of law.

Mr. Haimbe heard in Choma yesterday that eight youths, who were apprehended in 2020 in connection with the murder of Timothy Hakuyu as well as other demonstrations for suspected gassing in Gwembe, have not appeared before the courts of law.

This was when Mr. Haimbe paid a courtesy call on Southern Province Minister Cornelius Mweetwa who informed him about the plight of the youths.

But Mr. Haimbe said the government wants to close the gap between those who can afford legal services and those who cannot as a way of ensuring equal access to justice.

He disclosed that his ministry is working on possible amendments to some laws in order to reduce sentences for light offences.

He noted that there are some people who have been in detention for as long as two years for offences such as theft of a chicken.

Mr. Haimbe further revealed that his ministry is also carrying out an audit in correctional facilities with a view to help address problems of congestion and also to improve access to justice for all.

Meanwhile, the Justice Minister has disclosed that his ministry has prioritised the rehabilitation of the Livingstone High court.

He added that the Ministry of Justice is working towards ensuring that every province has a court in its quest to decentralise.

And speaking earlier, Provincial Minister Cornelius Mweetwa bemoaned the poor state of the Livingstone High court which he described as a safety hazard.

Mr. Haimbe is on a tour of Southern Province to appreciate the implementation of the access to justice programme by the government with support from the German government and other cooperating partners.

30 COMMENTS

  1. Well, you are the justice minister, so what have you been doing the last ten months????? Incredible

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  2. For fudge’s sake! Action! Take action, my word! What good is saying “I am disappointed” going to do?
    Why not go to the police discretely and inform them to release these suspects till they are ready to prosecute?
    This is gross violation of Human Rights. A suspect should only be detained for 48hrs before being brought to court.
    Heck, he can even go to the police and shout at them if need be. Cornelius is a lawyer and is S province minister who is happy to inform his fellow lawyer Justice minister that this is going on and the J minister says “I am disappointed”.
    Jesus!
    Human Rights Commission, please move in and release these suspects. We cannot allow police incompetence infringe on human rights.

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  3. Looking at all these complexes in Lusaka, it seems inconceivable that building a courtroom can be such a huge challenge to the country!!!!!

  4. For heavens sake release the poor fellows on bail immediately and thereafter they need support to sue the state! Those who openly declared knowledge of “gussers ” are free and busy insulting government. Check that there are no other unfortunate citizens in detentions for human right abuses in the whole country. Detention conditions are worse than prison!

  5. And some bloggers like Deja Vu will come here and say times are far worse now than during Pay Foward era…you have people in detention for crimes they didn’t even mastermind…in prison for 2 years.

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  6. The biggest question is who was behind the gassing, those are the answers people want to hear. Or why are you quiet about so many issues ie Vespers murder, Market fires etc.

  7. He only speaks up for his fellow tribesmen yet there are many others around the country who are detained. Tribalism is well and truly alive. The damage upnd will do will separate Zambians forever unless we remove them in 2026. You have been told

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  8. Tarino Orange…it depends on what you mean by worse or better. Where are the courts? Where are the lawyers? Did anyone know about this case. It’s not just a case of pointing fingers. Use logic. These are criminal cases not political detentions. It’s illogical for you to assume that I will support the detention.

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  9. THIS CASE IS NOT ALONE OTHERS TOO ARE WAITING YEARS FOR A COURT APPEARANCE
    THIS IS A POLICE ISSUE SOLELY !! AND ITS WELL KNOWN THE INCOMPETANCE OF 90% OF OFFICERS
    ALL THIS INDICIPLINE STEMS FROM WAY BACK AND WILL TAKE YEARS TO RECITFY
    AS ITS IMBEDDED GOOD AND PROPER NOW

  10. Tarino Orange… part of their time is under your Government. So why is Haimbe barking instead of releasing these poor souls.

  11. Deja Vu – Which one is my govt? This is a political case you think some criminals in Kalingalinga woke up one morning and said I have a brilliant idea let me contact my fellow criminals in Kitwe, Livingstone, Chipata etc and start gassing citizens for pleasure just to scary them.First let me import the gass from abroad. Use your head Deja Vu – Kampyongo pretended to look into this but the case went cold all because they just couldnt be investigating themselves…so they scarificed these lads, where are they going to get money to pay for a lawyer? Ask your mates at your next beer session when you are exchanging “state secrets because you live in Zambia” they will tell you the truth.

  12. Deja Vu – Which one is my govt? This is a political case you think some criminals in Kalingalinga woke up one morning and said I have a brilliant idea let me contact my fellow criminals in Kitwe, Livingstone, Chipata etc and start gassing citizens for pleasure just to scary them.First let me import the gass from abroad.

  13. Deja Vu – Which one is my govt? This is a political case you think some crim inals in Kalingalinga woke up one morning and said I have a brilliant idea let me contact my fellow criminals in Kitwe, Livingstone, Chipata etc and start ga ssing citizens for pleasure just to scare them.First let me import the gass from abroad. Use your he ad Deja Vu – Kampyongo pretended to look into this but the case went cold all because they just couldnt be investigating themselves…so they scarificed these lads, where are they going to get money to pay for a lawyer? Ask your mates at your next beer session when you are exchanging “state secrets because you live in Zambia” they will tell you the truth.

  14. My colleagues at LT are doing a Good job. Continue moderating this azzhole based in the North of England

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  15. Zambia is Africa’s most paradoxical political scene. The people have opted for democracy. They voted for democracy in 1991 but their leadership doesn’t want it! From 1991 the leadership has refused to conform with democratic norms. They can’t let go of state media, they can’t allow freedom of assembly, they order police to detain accused people for more than the prescribed 48 hours, they use an undemocratic colonial law to protect the president from criticism, the president directly appoints the police chief, the judiciary, civil servants and we call this democracy?
    Since 1991, we have had six chameleons in our state house. They are our colour when they fight the ruler but this colour changes immediately they enter the office of power. It just shows you how selfish they are. They…

  16. First part being “Moderated” by LT….
    It just shows you how selfish they are. They are ready to grovel before you for your vote only to change colour when in power as they just want to enjoy flexing their muscles. Zambians want to be president just to show off.

  17. You can’t be helpless against an injustice. You can’t fail to act against something illegal. What a toothless government!

  18. They are suspected to have killed Hakuyu. Murder suspects have no bail. Change the law so your youths can be released on bail. Mweetwa is concerned and now Justice Minister. How many other people are on unabailable cases? Why Justice Minister you are zee? These are your party boys, release them!

  19. These gassing events all happened on the watch of Edgar China Lungu, of course the worst president the country has ever had. And the horrible thieving PF government NEVER found ANYTHING with regards to the gassing, but kept the suspects in jail nonetheless!

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  20. Our country is Africa’s most paradoxical political scene. The people have opted for democracy. They voted for democracy in 1991 but their leadership doesn’t want it! From 1991 the leadership has refused to conform with democratic norms. They can’t let go of state media, they can’t allow freedom of assembly, they order police to detain accused people for more than the prescribed 48 hours, they use an undemocratic colonial law to protect the president from criticism, the president directly appoints the police chief, the judiciary, civil servants and we call this democracy? Since 1991, we have had six chameleons in our state house. Their colour changes immediately they enter the office of power. It just shows you how selfish they are. They are ready to grovel before you for your vote…

  21. Go ask your father. How should I know the weather in that imperialist land. Here in Lusaka it is cold.

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  22. @Why do people want to be president? Funny I can see your first part on other servers but not with Firefox. What trick is LT using?

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