Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Lilian ‘Nolle’ Shawa Siyuni has rejected a request by the family of murdered Lusaka businessman Reeves Malambo’s to have a private prosecution.
According to sources from the DPP’s office, Malambo’s family wanted Lusaka Lawyer Vincent Malambo to private prosecute Shabu Benos, who is accused of murdering Malambo but the DPP has declined without giving any reason.
The source said after Vincent Malambo was rejected, the family again asked the DPP to allow Mr. James Matarilo of Mumba Malila and Company to prosecute Ms. Benos but again the DPP declined without giving reasons.
The family has requested that the DPP allows them to private prosecute the matter which comes up on Monday September 11 but the DPP has rejected the request twice.
‘First they wanted Vincent Malambo but the DPP turned down the request
“We do not know why especially that the family suspects someone from government knows about the murder,” the source said.
Reeves Malambo, the founder of Auto force was murdered early this year by his girlfriend Shabu Benos in Lusaka’s Ibex Hill area.
Malambo is believed to have had a business deal involving US600,000 for the purposes of buying the famous Mukula tree.
A day after Malambo was murdered by the girlfriend using a Kitchen Knife, government issued a Statutory Instrument to ban the trading of Mukula Tree.
Ms. Benos appeared for mention before Lusaka High Court Judge Getrude Chawatama on September 4 and pleaded not guilty.
Trial starts this Monday September 11. She is being represented by more than five lawyers including some from The Legal Aid Department.
Its interesting that almost all the lawyers in the Legal Aid Department have been assigned to defend the accused person but the DPP is refusing to include private prosecutors.