Saturday, June 22, 2024

Mumbi Phiri’s Case Raises Concerns About Use of Criminal Justice System for Political Purpose-Fred M’membe

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Socialist Zambia President, Fred M’membe has spoken out against what he called a “shameless abuse of the criminal justice system.” M’membe’s statement posted on has Facebook page today is in response to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ decision to enter a nolle in the case against Mumbi Phiri on the day she was set to be acquitted.

M’membe stated that it was clear that the case against Phiri had collapsed and that the DPP knew she was going to be acquitted. He went on to ask why the DPP would enter a nolle after keeping Phiri in prison for 300 days. M’membe suggested that it was either to re-arrest her and start fresh prosecutions or to save himself the embarrassment of having her acquitted.

According to M’membe, this kind of conduct has completely undermined and discredited Zambia’s criminal justice system and the DPP’s independence and integrity. He also warned that this sends a dangerous signal that the criminal justice system can be used to persecute and fix opponents of those in power.

M’membe’s statement comes amid growing concerns about the state of Zambia’s criminal justice system. Many have criticized the government for using the system to silence political opponents and suppress dissent.

M’membe called for the statutory powers of the DPP to enter nolles to be reasonably exercised and in good faith. He also urged the government to take action to restore public trust in the criminal justice system and ensure that it is not used for political purposes.

There is a debate about the state of Zambia’s criminal justice system and the role of the government in ensuring its independence and integrity. Many are calling for an investigation into the decision to enter a nolle in Phiri’s case and for measures to be put in place to prevent similar abuses in the future.

4 COMMENTS

  1. MEMBE IS NOT CREDIBLE. HE IS BIG HYPOCRITE. WHEN BANDA WAS KILLED BY HIS ASSOCIATES HE NEITHER DEMANDED NOR JUSTICE . HE WAS PROBABLY HAPPY TO SEE THE GRIEVED RECEIVING NOJustice

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  2. MEMBE IS NOT CREDIBLE. HE IS BIG HYPOCRITE. WHEN BANDA WAS KILLED BY HIS ASSOCIATES HE NEITHER DEMANDED FOR THE ARREST OF THE CULPRITS NOR JUSTICE . HE WAS PROBABLY HAPPY TO SEE THE GRIEVED RECEIVING NOJustice

  3. Is ok this chap is going nowhere in the future
    he will be used as a pawn in the next election
    living a high life on donations from illiterate

  4. There was interference in Mumbi’s case and it’s there for all to see. She was being punished for what she said about cows. There’s no system that’s perfect and so Zambia’s justice system can’t be blamed. It’s those people with little or no integrity that are interfering with the system that should be blamed. We all knew that she didn’t have a case to answer right from the beginning. These abuses will one day definitely come back to haunt those that have found pleasure in them now

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