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Contempt procedure against HH followed – LAZ

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The Law Association Of Zambia (LAZ) has clarified that the procedure for reporting the alleged contempt of court committed by UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema was followed and that the Director Of Public Prosecution must evaluate the available evidence to decide whether to prosecute the case or not.

Responding to questions from Journalists during the public discussion forum on ‘The Executive Versus The Judiciary’ organised by News diggers! in Lusaka last evening, LAZ president Eddie Mwitwa said any member of the public has a right to make a complaint to the DPP or the courts against contempt committed outside court.

Mwitwa said the DPP has powers to prosecute contempt and the alleged offender, Hichilema, is entitled to be represented by lawyer of his choice before an independent and impartial Court.

He explained that contempt outside the face of court is dealt with like any other criminal offense such as theft where any person makes a complaint with the DPP or the court and the DPP has discretion to prosecute after evaluating the strength of the available evidence.

Last Month, Deputy Chief Justice, Marvin Mwanamwambwa, in response to a complaint lodged by a citizen wondered why, for “unexplained reasons” the Constitutional Court has not cited Hichilema, as the “culprit”, to prove his allegations against the three judges of the constitutional court whom he alleged were “corrupt, evil musketeers setting the country ablaze just over money, nepotism and unprofessionalism.”



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