MMD wants tribunal on Kabimba’s letter to CJ

The MMD has demanded that Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba should explain why he had written a letter to the Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda on a Patriotic Front (PF) letterhead attempting to block former Petauke Member of Parliament (MP) Dora Siliya her Malambo counterpart Maxwell Mwale and UPND’s Hastings Sililo from recontesting their seats.

MMD director of comunications Muhabi Lungu has also demanded for a tribunal that would ascertain the circumstances that could have compelled Kabimba and Solicitor General Musa Mwenye to decide to write to Justice Chibesakunda offering his legal opinion.

Lungu said the tribunal would also help Zambians understand how a public relations officer of the judiciary could author a letter purporting that Siliya, Mwale and Sililo had lost their seats and were not eligible to recontest and how a Registra of the High Court could order the Electoral Commission of Zambia not to acept the nominations of the trio.

MMD director of communications Muhabi Lungu said Kabimba and exhibited total disregard of the law and the highest level of indiscipline by breaching the ministerial code of conduct by using his authority to attempt to control the judiciary.

Lungu has said the MMD was also demanding an explanation from President Sata why he had allowed Kabimba who his Minister of Justice and secretary general of the ruling party to author a letter that was meant to influence the court process in the matter of Siliya and the two others.

Lungu has demanded that President Sata should immediately take disciplinary action against Kabimba for having exposed the judiciary to ridicule and prejudice by writing to Justice Chibesakunda detailing her what action to consider over the nullification and blocking of the three candidates.

The MMD communications director told the Daily Nation that the Supreme Court had exposed President Sata, his party secretary general Kabimba, the Solistor General Musa Mwenye and the Acting Chief Justice Chibesakunda in their connivance to block Siliya, Mwale and Sililo from participating in the by-elections after their seats had been nullified by the Supreme Court.

Lungu said the former ruling party would want to know what Justice Chibesakunda did after recieving the letter from the PF secretary general detailing his legal opinion on the nulification of the three seat adding that the Judiciary was under seige with the PF in government.

He said the former ruling party was shocked that the ruling party through Kabimba and with the full consent of President Sata and Justice Chibesakunda could allow the subversion and undermining of the justice system  for political survival.

“We are gravely concerned with the revelations that the Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba in conivance with the Solistor General Musa Mwenye attempted to subvert and undermine the authority and indepence of the the judicial system. We demand an explanation why Kabimba had writen a leter to Justice Chibesakunda, the Acting Chief Justice on a PF letterhead. We also want to know what response was given from the Acting Chief Justice. President Sata should also explain why he had allowed Kabimba to write to Justice Chibesakunda giving her his legal opinion on the nulification of our seats in Petauke and Malambo,” Lungu said.

Lungu said the MMD had information that after Justice Chibesakunda recieved the letter from Kabimba, there was a meeting of Judges where the matter that the secretary general had raised in his letter.

He said what the MMD did not know what was exactly resolved in the meeting the selected judges had after the Acting Chief Justice had recieved the letter from the PF.