All the independent High Court Judges based in Lusaka have been transferred to smaller towns where there are no political related cases.
The cartel holding sick president Michael Sata to ransom has directed acting chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda to transfer the judges. The cartel comprises Fred M’membe, DPP Mutembo Nchito and Wynter Kabimba, the juju man.
Five judges received letters of transfers yesterday (Monday 28 April, 2014. The transfers are with immediate effect.
Judges who have already received transfer letters are Dominic Sichinga, Annessie Bobo, Mubanga Kondolo , Jane Kabuka and Flavia Chishimba.
Dominic Sichinga is the judge who gave back former president Rupiah Banda ‘s Mpundu Trust after the state failed to prove that it contained stolen money. Justice Annessie Bobo and Judge Kabuka are the judges who returned RB’s passport while Justice Kondolo is the judge who blocked the mining in lower Zambezi. Judge Chishimba is famous for blocking the Judge Lovemore Chikopo tribunal against other judges.
The plan is to have a weak judiciary in Lusaka, which is completely controlled by M’membe and his cartel since he is now the de facto appointing authority.
A few weeks ago, M’membe appointed Betty Mwaka, Majula Mung’omba, Chilombo Maka-Phiri, Mwila Chitabo, William Smith Mweemba and Charles Chanda as High court judges. Sata, the sick man, then sent these names to parliament for rubber stamping.
We hear DPP Mutembo Nchito will also be dumped at the High Court since as DPP he has failed to perform.
It has been almost three years now since the MMD lost power but no one has been convicted of corruption despite all the accusations.
Nchito, the Watchdog, has always said, is a lazy and dull lawyer. Most of his cases end in nolle prosequis or files are just never sent to court. Even when he was practicing as a private lawyer, Nchito never won a high profile case without political backing. We have on record one judgment he forged. He won some issues relating Chiluba era but due to heavy political backing from Levy Mwanawasa.
These are the judges who will be hearing all cases in Lusaka.
At the Supreme Court, M’membe has so far inserted Evans Hamaundu and Albert Wood plus Lombe Chibesakunda.
The Watchdog hereby advises these judges to resist the useless transfers as they are certainly meant to leave puppets to hear the most important cases in the capital city. The judges know exactly what do and the Watchdog is confident they will do what is needful by filing legal challenges. Why should you be sent to the village now?