Court messengers blamed for chiefdom tension


Chief Siachitema of the Tonga speaking people of Kalomo in Southern province has charged that local court messengers are tarnishing the image of his headmen.
The chief said his headmen are being accused by his subjects of influencing their prosecution because they are being used to deliver court summons.
The traditional leader told ZANIS in Kalomo Jul 23 that court messengers have made it a habit to drop summons with village headmen and expect them to deliver to accused persons.
Chief Siachitema urged court messengers to work hard and ensure that they delivered summons personally to the accused persons.
Recently, some village headmen in Bibilili area complained to Kalomo District Commissioner Lucia Mwiinde that they were living in fear of being suspected of fuelling tension in the communities whenever they delivered summons left by court messengers.
And Kalomo District local courts officer in-charge Cyril Sibajane regretted the development and apprehension caused in the chiefdom.
Mr Sibajane explained that in cases where court messengers failed to locate summoned persons, court orders are normally left with respective village headmen where such individuals dwell.