Court dismisses application for judicial review in Finance Bank

The Lusaka High Court has dismissed the application for leave to commence judicial review by Mazuba Mulenga (Ms) challenging the Bank of Zambia’s (BOZ) decision to hand back Finance Bank Zambia Limited (FBZ).

This is in a case in which Ms Mulenga wanted the Court to grant her an ex-parte order to commence judicial review, according to the Daily Mail.

Ms Mulenga has sued BOZ and the Attorney-General as first and second respondents, respectively.

Delivering a ruling on May 31, 2012, High Court Judge Christine Phiri said there was no merit in Ms. Mulenga’s application for leave to commence judicial review.

“I find no merit in the applicant’s application for leave for judicial review, for the foregoing order for leave to commence judicial review to be granted ex-parte to the applicant is hereby discharged and the whole application is dismissed with costs to be taxed in default of agreement.” Mrs. Justice Phiri said.

It is interesting to note that Ms. Mulenga only established an account with FBZ at the end of November, 2011, well after the Bank was handed over.

In addition, the account has an insignificant balance and appears to have been established for a sinister purpose.

Ms. Mulenga is employed by Cabinet Office and is the sister-in-law of Sakwiba Sikota of Central Chambers who is her lawyer.

Zambia Daily Mail

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