THE Lusaka magistrate’s court has reserved ruling on whether to allow the testimony of deputy chief State advocate Susan Wanjelani in a case in which former minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo is charged with abuse of authority of office.
When the case came up for continued trial before magistrate Irene Wishimanga, Masebo’s lawyer, Robert Simeza, objected to the testimony of Ms Wanjelani, saying she could not testify against a former client.
Mr Simeza said Masebo enjoys lawyer-client privilege as a former client of Ms Wanjelani and that she could not testify against her.
He said the Attorney General represents all Government institutions, including public officers, and that Masebo was a public officer and that her actions that led to the current case were alleged to have been performed when she was in office.
But the State objected to the application, saying the alleged privilege Ms Wanjelani is said to have breached does not exist and that Mr Simeza’s objection to the testimony was not timely.
It argued that objections should be raised on time and that Mr Simeza’s objection to the testimony was untimely.
Ms Wishimanga has reserved her ruling to December 9 this year.