Chief Injustice Mambilima must resign

By Isaac Mwanza (YALI)

The concept of justice being delivered from the open court can best be summarised by what one writer wrote:

“Justice must not only be seen to be done but has to be seen to be believed.”

Zambia’s Judicial system is a circus when it comes to justice especially when the judiciary becomes under intense pressure in trying these political cases.

The Judiciary has no excuse for limiting public knowledge on how the Hakainde Hichilema case will be tried, or how the DPP may be left with no option but to enter a Nolle, or for the public to know how the court may have arrived at its decisions on whether to acquit him or convict him for treason over a road altercation in Mongu.

If Chief Justice Mambilima does not want the media or counsel to record verbatim of the proceedings of the court so they an accurately report, who is the Judiciary going to blame if inaccurate reports are reported by media houses? Will you cite the media for contempt when the Court itself is promoting inaccurate reporting?

You even prevent advocates from recording court proceedings, if they wish to, for purposes of reviewing and preparing their case on whether HH has a case to answer or no case to answer. Does the Court want to doctor some verbatim on record which it intends to be the only source for advocates to review their notes on proceedings?

What is it that the Judiciary is seeking to hide from the public on the treason trial of Hakainde Hichilema which has attracted so much public attention? How will the public get to believe the State made their case and HH was wrong and committed treason by barring people from freely attending.

What madam Mambilima and her Judiciary should have done was to actually tell citizens not to travel to Court as the trial would be televised on various local and international media who may want to televise it. The Judiciary should have, in fact, asked ZNBC to publicly cover proceedings so that people don’t have the pressure of going to court and congest the courtroom.

The orders by the Registrar, which no doubt are sanctioned by Chief Justice as Head of the Judiciary, have nothing to deal with controlling the unruly cadres but has more to do with censorship or acts meant to cite some media houses for contempt who may report wrongly because the Judiciary wanted them to do so.

If it is their intention to keep the treason trial in secret, they should have opted to have the trial conducted in Chambers or in-camera. Even those who have committed crimes against humanity, we have seen footages of them being tried in truly open courts where necessary. There is something the Zambian Judiciary is hiding in the dispensation of justice and this must make Chief Justice Mambilima to resign.

Some acts of the Judiciary have been one of the many reasons why people charged with unbailable offences have stayed in prison for a year and may more years without trial or with delays in concluding trial and only to be found innocent later. The Judiciary in Zambia is not the true protector of our people’s liberties but an accomplice in the violation of human rights.

People had expected a lot from madam Irene Mambilima when she was appointed to take charge of the judiciary but, for the head of the judiciary to allow such orders to remain in force, is quiet a let down to say the least. Could it be that late President Michael Chilufya Sata was so intelligent enough that when Ernest Sakala had been sent into early retirement, he did not want the ratified Deputy Chief Justice to take over the control of the judiciary and was best placed as head of the Electoral Commission? The man may have really known something that some of us who wanted Irene Mambilima to over the reins of the Judiciary did not know.

Cry My Beloved Country


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    Mumbi Phiri 7 months

    Fucking Bitch of a Bitch. No bloody integrity

  • Once again, the debate about the readiness of our womenfolk to take over the mantle of leadership positions has come to the fore. I have seen quite a number of postings, even from their fellow women, questioning this readiness.

    • Am a lady myself and I totally agree with you. When campaigning to be given opportunity, they claim to have a motherly heart. But when in those positions, they are a huge disappointment.

    • You should have listened to the erstwhile international journalist, one Maureen Nkandu, on Radio Phoenix talk about how difficult it is for a woman to get a job in our government

  • chief injustice y to be used.DPP also to be told what to do y do u went to school


  • Iam for the same idea, this woman i thought could change the judicial system in our country unfortunately she is very dissapointing. Let her resign

  • If Mambilima allows Lungu’s criminal activities to such u precedented levels of injustice then she will be striping off her respect. She must learn from Lungu who hss lost his respect and is as low as a common criminal because of his criminal activities with both the judiciary and police

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  • Mambilima is a disappointment and I’m sure she knows it too. The judiciary is totally rotten like an ulcer left not treated and badly infected. This dictatorship has spread to the judiciary after crippling parliament which is also a dishonourable house headed by an under whelming would have been best speaker. Resignation is only an option where people have some grain of self respect remaining but I doubt if the top brass of public institutions have an integrity left have fallen so law. Look at the concourt drama and the sham of an inauguration we saw. Look the nolle prosequais we have seen besides un reasonable take over of cases by the Dull People’s Prosecutors (DPP) which is clear impunity. What if any self respect do they have left?

  • Why madam are u doing this to the people of Zambia(wrong way use another way ples)

  • Let her continue doing that days are numbered. We are saving the living God in heaven .Put the court session on television so that people will not panic to come to that so called court everyone want to learn about that treason case

  • Infact women are regaded to be good hearted mothers but now its verse visa here in zambia nima savage yekayeka kuyipa mitima monga ma female terrorists baku middle east elo in this manner can brave people support and elect a female to be the president in this nation ? the answer is nikaya kaya and people have seen some to have barbalic metallality as their true colors as per behaviour and competence.

    • Females originally can be called Eve. In the Bible we are told that she is the one who sinned against God in the first place and sin brought suffering that we are going through right now then death. In God’s eyes God will not allow woman to lead a man all these positions of leadership you give them to lead you its not in order. Read from 1 cor 11vs3to13and 1Tim2vs11-12.We have a problem in our hands women have gone to school just like men they deserve to be employed in any field. But when it comes to leadership they should not lead man. These people are hard hearted ones from genesis. When a woman becomes a witch you are in great trouble they don’t just bewitch some of them even eat the human fresh.

  • read this!!
    this has made for me the points i meant to put across.
    valid questions apa bambo. Canaan Banda

  • Sebana wikute!

  • People like Irene actually disgust me. No values and no morals, just looking to eat today. These are the people that have ruined this continent. They are the same ones who sold us for slaves in exchange for guns and cloth for themselves! Disgusting savages!

  • There was a time I used to believe the notion that when you put women in decision making positions things are done better by way of fairness and integrity. I don’t believe this notion now to be true. Our DPP is a woman, we have a female chief justice, a female vice-president, a female ACC boss and female ministers. But the levels of draconian leadership and corruption are almost reaching unprecedented levels. This chief justice has no spine.

    • Christopher, ACC no longer has a female boss…she was hounded out way back.


    • Exactly my observation!

    • You are right Comrade

    • Only such analytical minds like yoz sir wil help move dis country fowad.

    • My thought as well

    • As I woman I hate to say…I agree with you. I knew that Lungu putting women everywhere was a mistake, because at the end of the day he (a man) put them there, he forced what should have come naturally. You cannot rush these things, they are supposed to happen on their own, with women as the drivers of change. Very sad!

  • I equally don’t understand this. Why restricting people and other media houses from covering such an important case. This will just promote a lot of suspicions. The CJ should not have allowed this to go a heard.

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    Margaret Mabvuto 7 months

    Commonwealth please come to our rescue. We need you at this crucial time.


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    cynic 7 months

    To me credibility was lost when she refused tribunal for dollar!

  • Mambila is a disgrace and without any shadow of doubt part of the circus raping the Zambian democracy. These evil people should be made to account for transgressions in future.

  • Very embarrassing state of affairs.

  • truth is like an oil,nomatter how much water you can pour to an oil it will still float on top of water.Prepare emergence rooms because am seeing some people fainting at the end of this case of a strong and couragious man,#HH here we go again.never fear for the Lord will be with you. its not yet over until God say its over.

  • To say the least this woman is a disgrace and the worst culprit who has made this country into a laughing stock..She should resign not fit to be a Chief Justice.,she only appears on the scene when she has been corrupted with a huge sum what are you hiding madam everyone knows you are a bunch of incompetent people look at Kanganja????What do you expect in a failed state …DO NOT BLAME THE MEDIA WHEN WRONG NEWS WILL BE TRANSMITTED JUST WAIT AND SEE YOU WILL BE VERY SURPRISED THIS IS A PROBLEM OF ARRESTING HH WITHOUT INVESTIGATIONS YOU ARE NOW STUCK YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO

  • This is how corruption does to some people,some of us new how this woman can easily be compromised by the system.She wil leave to regret her acts for the rest of her life this i know bwana.

  • I Support This Idea.Nga Vakukanga Vinthu,let Others Competent Take Over Duties.

  • i’ll never be simpythatic to any politician as they never go in homes putting food on table of people even in the best economy people have to think for them to have food on table,why raise my Bp and shorten my life

    • Your personal choice. Being sympathetic is a life style. Either you have empathy or you don’t. Those who do, will speak out on behalf of those facing injustice.

  • Worst ever chief justice in Zambia why what could the judiciary and the executive have to so as to prevent modern day technology and restrict international media houses this is very bad and signals wrong impression and has put a very serious dent on this government .

  • The problem we are in is that we are dealing with shameless crooks who don’t care what people think of their actions….I’ve always felt that it’s extremely challenging to work under Edgar. He is really making the professionals look like they didn’t go to school and I really feel pity for people like the current DPP, Inspector General of POLICE and off course Ms Mambilima

    • You absolutely right

    • Mambilima is partially the cause of this tension we are going through as a country. One wonders if this old
      woman has conscious and what legacy she will leave after she is no longer CJ. Our expectations were high when she was appointed CJ. She is a dissapointment and day of judgement will come.

    • Madness at its highest levels possible

    • Mambilima is a failed CJ just like her political friends in PF.

    • it is also up to the professionals to act with integrity. clearly this is a demonstration that she is not in control of things at the judiciary.

    • You are right ba Daka, spot on in your analysis and synopsis of matters, cheers.

    • Mambilima is disgrace to the judicial system.
      Her courts have turned to be chambers of oppression and corruption. She is supporting a ruthless system which has no regard for the law.

    • Ms Mambilima is an administrator and not legal person. People at her department praise her for how she has transformed the department and motivated workers yet she has forgotten to do what her core function is. What a waste.

  • thats dullness now in judicially coz all the eyes around the world are on hh’s case so mulesebanya ba lungu at niba dictator even the country at large.

  • Don’t worry nayamba ukufulungana mayo mayo alabechinto kapala

  • This chi namayo is a pf cadre. There are morals in pf and in government. The all of them are imbeciles.

  • Fellow commrades come and witness!! Chilufya Kachepa Chimfwembe Gift Chikhadzula Phiri

  • The way I used to respect this woman.I used to hold this woman with high esteem,I’m really disappointed,she can still do better even with political pressure.

  • Justice denied here

  • Is there anyone (high profile) in PF you ve seen who has resigned. Resignation takes morality, principle & integrity. Look at the conduct of ECZ top officials, Concourt judges, DPP, and Mambilima on several issues. Let alone the various scandals on govts officials. There is enough for these guys to ve resigned along time ago. We are living in a system that doesn’t hold integrity, morality, principle and legacy high…. It’s a system that hold personal interest & feelings above group & public feelings and interest. So my dog, your fair wish has never happened, can’t happen & will not happen. Not in the current system & with the pipo we have now.

  • Transparency is key antidote in curing what I call suspicious maneuvers that create dissatisfaction in the ruling of the trial of HH saga

  • Must resign……..

  • Nembwa shinobe shaumfwila

  • Ireen Mambilima has kissed her strong reputation goodbye. She has joined the growing queue of spineless corrupt female leaders in Zambia. Why are these motherly beings taking the lead in destroying Zambia. Even in terms of GBV they have taken over.

  • let’s Ireen Mambilima wrong woman ata.

  • She is afraid that the calls for her to resign may spread countrywide after umusebanya….. U know these compromised fellows…

  • u can’t hide a pregnancy, trying to cover your shame to the whole world due to your incompetency won’t work by now we all know what u people are but know time for your reckoning is fast approaching shame uv reduced yourselves to mare bootlickers nd thrown away professionalism for pieces of silver

  • poor finishing madam

  • This is the worst chief justice ever in Zambia.

  • But last time I read the watchdog reporters will have access to the proceedings…. And some other media groups..

    • Quite clearly, you don’t understand the matter at hand, do you? The matter here is “why has the Judiciary barred some media entities, among them renowned International Media outlets like BBC, CNN, Al Jhazeera, etc, from covering a Court matter that has attracted so much interest locally and internationally?” Try to understand the term “Open Court”.

  • DrimZ will be disappointed ba monku..

  • The woman has really lost her credibility. Why holding the trial of such a case in secrecy?

    • Mambilima is partially the cause of this tension we are going through as a country. One wonders if this old
      woman has conscious and what legacy she will leave after she is no longer CJ. Our expectations were high when she was appointed CJ. She is a dissapointment and day of judgement will come.