Kabimba tribunal hands over report to Sata

INFLUENTIAL PF member petitions Sata to remove Wynter Kabimba immediately

The tribunal which was formed to investigate Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba on allegations of abuse of authority through breaching the oath of secrecy has today handed over its report to President Michael Sata at State House.

Mr. Kabimba last year sought an opinion from the Solicitor General Musa Mwenye which he allegedly used for Patriotic Front (PF) in election petition cases in court.

Tribunal chairperson Evans Hamaundu handed over the highly anticipated findings of his tribunal to the President at a fully parked swearing in ceremony for Industrial Relation Court Deputy Chairpersons this morning.

President Sata received the reported and indicated that he would take time to see what was contained in the tribunal report which is bulky.

He commended the acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda and her team of judges from the judiciary for completing the task.

And jokingly, the President observed that people have of late been talking of a people-driven constitution as though there is an animal-driven constitution somewhere which they are comparing with and asked the chief justice, whom he referred to as the most learned woman
present at state house to give an interpretation of the two terms.

The tribunal, which was chaired by Justice Hamaundu sitting with High Court judges Gertrude Chawatama and Justin Chashi, was tasked to establish whether Mr. Kabimba abused the authority of his office when he transmitted government information to the Patriotic Front (PF) through its lawyers, Ellis and Company.

The tribunal also wanted to establish whether Leonard Banda, a litigant in an election petition, gained pecuniary advantage when he used the information and also whether Mr. Kabimba interfered with the judiciary when he copied the legal opinion to the acting Chief Justice.

Mr. Banda had petition the 2011 election results for Petauke Central parliamentary polls, which Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD candidate, Dora Siliya had won.

Ms. Siliya has since lost the petition thereby creating a vacancy in the Petauke parliamentary seat.

The tribunal was initiated after civil rights activist Brebner Changala and former Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa petitioned the acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda to institute investigations against Mr. Kabimba for alleged abuse of authority.

Meanwhile, President Sata has sworn in four judges as deputy chairpersons of the Industrial Relations Court.

The four Judges are Martin Musaluka, Mathew Kasonde Chisunka, Egispo Mwansa and Dr. Winnie Sithole Mwenda.

The handover of the tribunal report and the swearing in ceremony were witnessed by Defence Minister Edgar Lungu, Information and Broadcasting Minister Mwansa Kapeya, Lusaka Province Minister Phillip Kosamu and Deputy Minister of Health Christopher Mulenga.

Others were Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda, Director of Public Prosecution Mutembo Nchito, Solicitor General Musa Mwenye, several High Court and Supreme Court judges and other senior government officials