LAZ postpones Mushipe’s hearing


Hearing in the matter in which Lusaka-based lawyer Martha Mushipe had been summoned by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to appear before the association’s legal committee for her alleged professional misconduct has been adjourned to November 18.

Mushipe’s summon came about after the Constitutional Court asked LAZ to discipline her following the alleged professional misconduct she exhibited  before the  Courts Judges during the UPND’s presidential petition  challenging President Edgar Lungu’s re-election.

Hearing of the matter was adjourned after Ms Mushipe, who was in a very low mood, asked the committee to adjourn the matter as she needed more time to respond to the complaint letter.

Ms Mushipe said this shortly after she appeared before the
legal committee at the LAZ offices in Lusaka.

She explained that she had asked the committee to adjourn her matter to a later date because she was not given adequate time to respond to the complaint letter and that she was also not feeling well to attend to her hearing.

“I was given the complaint on Tuesday and I had a number of court cases and I haven’t been well for the whole week. I was put on bed rest, so I needed more time in which to respond and I have to respond in writing,’’ she said.

And when asked to comment on her summoning before the committee, Ms Mushipe responded that she could not comment on matters that were before court or the legal committee as that could be deemed to be sub judice but she could only comment after LAZ ruled on the matter.

On Wednesday, the LAZ legal committee summoned Ms Mushipe for hearing warning that a decision could be made in her absence if she failed to appear.