Chifire versus nine Supreme Court judges

Chifire versus nine Supreme Court judges

DCJ(Mwanamwambwa): The last time we adjourned on account that you wanted to look for a lawyer, have you found one now?

Chifire: No my Lord, I tried all I could, but all the Lawyers I found are not comfortable to represent me before a bench of 9 Supreme Court Judges.

However, this morning I filed two petitions in the Constitution Court for determination of Constitutional issues especially on procedure adopted here because as far as am concerned powers to prosecute are a preserve of the NPA under the DPP, and I have also filed in the High Court for determination of human rights matters because I feel that my rights such as freedom of expression are being infringed upon.

I know this court is a court of laws, and the hourable Justices there took oath to defend the Constitution.

And as a bonafide Citizen of the Republic of Zambia, I have duties, rights and obligations, which I shall respect.

Therefore  having  said that, I seek for adjournment or stay pending determination of the matters in other courts.

(Bench goes silent, starts whispering to each other for 5 minutes)

Mwanamwambwa: The court will adjourn for 15 minutes to consult on this matter.

(After 21 minutes, court reconvenes)

Mwanamwambwa: We have considered your application and it is denied. We are proceeding with trial right now. Contempt did not happen in those courts, but happened in this court, you here that?

Chifire: But my Lord, I have my rights, unless the court wishes to go against my rights. The court is supposed to protect my rights, it is a citadel of justice.

Mwanamwambwa: we are proceeding, you hear that? Read the charge to him. You cannot lecture us on procedure. Who are you. Lecturing Supreme Court Judges?, hehe! Read the charge

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