Justice Musonda granted stay of execution
Lusaka, July 16, 2013, ZANIS….. The Lusaka High court has granted a stay of execution to retired Supreme court Judge Phillip Musonda against the proceedings of the tribunal probing the alleged professional misconduct of himself and two suspended judges Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga.
The Judge Lovemore Chikopa tribunal sittings which opened in Lusaka yesterday has since been adjourned to July 29, 2013.
Defence lawyer for Justice Musonda Milner Katolo served the
tribunal with the court order during its afternoon sitting today.
Tribunal chairperson Judge Lovemore Chikopa said the tribunal will abide by the decision of the high court and went on to adjourn the proceedings to July 29.
But Judge Chikopa expressed displeasure with the manner in which defence lawyer Milner Katolo addressed one of the tribunal staff only identified as Jacqueline during the process of
serving the stay of execution.
Judge Chikopa described as uncalled for and disrespectful, the manner
in which Mr Katolo addressed the concerned tribunal staff.
Judge Chikopa stated that guardians of the law must learn to behave in
a good manner and warned that he will not tolerate such conduct
during his sittings.
He said the tribunal will adjourn for now until 29th July adding that he would have loved the counsel representing Dr. Justice Musonda to be present during his sitting after the stay was served when he gave the warning on the conduct of people at the tribunal
towards the staff.
Judge Chikopa said the tribunal will wait for the
advice from the Attorney General Mumba Malila.
The tribunal has so far received testimony three witnesses including High court Judge Albert Wood, Chilombo Phiri and Nchima Nchito.