M’membe, Kabimba wait for RB pardon


THE matter in which former Republican president Rupiah Banda withdrew a case against Rainbow Party president Wynter Kabimba, the Post Newspaper and its editor-in-chief Fred Mmembe, failed to take off in the Lusaka Magistrates Court yesterday.

When the matter came up for withdrawal before Chief Resident Magistrate Kenneth Mulife, State prosecutor Jonas Zimba informed the court that modalities to allow the matter to be withdrawn were still being considered by both parties.

Mr Zimba asked for an adjournment of the case to today to allow the parties to put in place some modalities.

Mr Kabimba, the Post and Mr Mmembe are jointly charged with contempt of court and publishing defamatory statements against Mr Banda.

The matter comes up today for possible withdrawal from court.

Meanwhile, the ruling in a case to answer or not in which former minister of Transport and Communications Dora Siliya is alleged to have abused her authority of office by directing the cancellation of a duly awarded tender of a radar system, has been adjourned in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

The matter was adjourned due to the absence of the trial court, deputy director of Ndola High Court Joshua Banda, who was expected to sit in as a magistrate.

The matter has since been adjourned to September 23.