Civil rights activist Brebner Changala has asked the Judicial Complaints Authority (JCA) to take appropriate action against Judge Isaac Tantameni Chali for alleged misconduct and intimidation of litigants.
In a letter to the Chairperson of the JCA dated 18th July, 2014, Mr Changala said he was disturbed by the action of the judge who discredited his application for judicial review in which he had asked the court to compel Cabinet to establish a medical board to determine the health and mental status of President Michael Sata.
He explained that he was shocked when the judge attacked his person and also attacked the Daily Nation Newspaper which was not even party to the proceedings.
Mr Changala has since demanded for a written apology from Judge Chali.
The civil rights activist has complained against Judge Chali’s ruling which disparages himself and the Daily Nation.
The paragraphs complained of in the ruling read; ‘the Daily Nation Newspaper whose reports appeared to him to be unguarded to the point of being reckless scandal-mongering’, the applicant was a ‘busy body that had impressed him as the kind Lord Diplock talks about” and that which referred to Mr Changala as “one who appears to have a misguided or trivial complaint of administrative error’.
Mr Changala complained that the conduct and comments against his person were inappropriate and should be frowned upon by all well meaning citizens including the judiciary.
“I find such remarks extremely offensive and grossly inappropriate in such circumstances. I thus demand for an apology for the sentiments that the judge uttered in his ruling against my person and the same be in writing failing which I ask that the chairperson of this Authority should take appropriate action against the judge as this flies in the teeth of misconduct on the part of the judge and an act of intimidation addressed at litigants who would want matters resolved through our perceived independent judiciary,” he said.
Mr Changala further said the action by the judge also demonstrated that the ruling was done purely out of sheer mischief and lack of understanding the function and duties of the office he was holding.
Two week ago, the civil rights activist sued the Attorney General by filing a Writ of Mandamus to compel Cabinet to constitute a medical board to investigate the health and mental status of President Michael Sata.
In his ruling judge Chali dismissed the application and said that Mr Changala was a busy body.