Lungu’s Minister freed via a nolle prosequi

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Godfredah Sumaili

As expected, a Lusaka Magistrate Court freed Minister of Religious and National Guidance Godfridah Sumaili on one count of contempt of court.

This is in a matter where Lungu’s Minister was dragged to court by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and five others for allegedly commenting on a treason charge that they were facing.

Lusaka Magistrate Ireen Wishimanga acquitted Sumaili after the state through the Director of Public Prosecution entered a nolle prosequi saying they had no evidence to prosecute the matter.

This happened Monday, today when the matter came up. The lawyers from the National Prosecution Authority informed the court that after going through the matter they have come to a conclusion that there is no evidence to prosecute the Minister.

Knowing what would happen, Hichilema and five others did not bother to attend the court sitting. They were instead in Zimba visiting one of Hichilema’s ranches.

Hichilema had wanted to use his private lawyers to prosecute the case but the DPP refused saying the law only allows her office to prosecute all criminal matters in Zambia.

Magistrate Wishimanga allowed the DPP to take over the case after Mr. Hichilema and five others withdraw their objection for the state to take over the case.

The DPP also entered a nolle prosequi a few weeks ago in a treason case slapped on Hichilema and five others after incarcerating them for 127 days.

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