Solicitor General Musa Mwenye this morning told the tribunal investigating Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba of alleged abuse of office and breach of Oath of Secrecy that the opinion that he rendered to Mr. Kabimba was not classified.
Mr. Mwenye 39, of Stand number 22858 Lake Road Kabulonga Lusaka has told the tribunal that this is also why some media institutions were able to publish the opinion as it did not bear any endorsement that would imply that it had been classified.
Mr. Mwenye told the tribunal that if the legal opinion had been classified there would have been implications after it had been published by the media.
He was being led in examination in-chief by Mr Kabimba’s lawyer Bonaventure Mutale has also told the tribunal that the said legal opinion he rendered to the Justice Minister was generally on election nullification on grounds of electoral corruption particularly on the implication of sections 22 and 104 of the Electoral ACT.
The Solicitor General said this followed the issue Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) had raised over the nomination of candidates whose elections had been nullified on grounds of electoral corruption.
In cross examination by the complainant’s lawyer Makebi Zulu, Mr. Mwenye told the tribunal that the said legal opinion he rendered to the Justice Minister was also not paid for.
He told the tribunal that if it was the PF that had requested for the legal opinion, he would have not rendered it to the political party or any other political that could have requested for it.
Mr Mwenye has further told the tribunal that in his capacity as Solicitor General he can give legal opinion to members of the public on matters of public interest but that limitation giving such legal opinions arises when there is possibility of litigation against government.
The matter has since been adjourned to tomorrow, Thursday 23rd January.