Kasama is mine, GBM appeals to Supreme Court

Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba - GBM
Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba - GBM

Former Defence Minister Geofrey Mwamba has appealed against the Lusaka High Court’s decision to uphold the declaration of his Kasama Central seat vacant.

Mr Mwamba popularly known as GBM has filed the appeal in the Supreme Court.

He argued that Lusaka High Court Judge Florence Lengalenga erred in law and fact by failing to appreciate that his application was based on maintaining his seat as Kasama Centra MP until the determination of his Judicial Review Case.

Judge Lengalenga last Thursday October 15, 2015 dismissed Mr MWAMBA’s application to stay the declaration of his KASAMA Central seat vacant by Speaker of the National Assembly PATRICK MATIBINI.

Her verdict was on grounds that Mr Mwamba’s Kasama Central Seat was already declared vacant by Dr Matibini.

Judge Lengalenga noted that based on the Nyampala Safari verse Zambia Wild Life Authourity case Mr MWAMBA’s application could only successed if he had a good and convincing reason.

Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini declared Mr Mwamba’s Kasama Central Seat vacant in July.

This was in his ruling on the point of order raised by Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila.

Meanwhile, Patriotic Front-PF Copperbelt Province Chairman Steven Kainga has been found with a case to answer in the Kitwe Magistrates Court in a matter where he is charged with obstructing an officer in the execution of duty.

This was after the matter came up for ruling before Kitwe Principal Resident Magistrate Ikechukwu Iduma on whether Mr. Kainga, who is jointly charged with Copperbelt Province PF Vice Youth Chairman Stanley Chandindi, has a case to answer or not.

It is alleged that on July 15, 2015, the two obstructed police officers from apprehending Kitwe Businessman Richard Chileshe, popularly known as Chile One, after he allegedly fired a pistol at Moba Hotel where UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his supports

had gathered.

Magistrate Iduma in his ruling on Monday morning said it is clear that the presence of policemen at Moba Hotel was to maintain law and order.

He said there is sufficient evidence that an officer was obstructed from carrying out his duties and subsequently found the two with a case to answer.

Magistrate Iduma then placed the two on their defence.

At this point, Mr. Kainga’s defence team applied for an adjournment to enable the legal team prepare for the defence.

Magistrate Iduma has set November 9, 2015 as the date for Mr. Kainga and Mr Chandindi to open their defence.