As expected Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba has been cleared by the Justice Evans Hamaundu led tribunal.
A junior court official verbally told the two petitioners that Kabimba has been cleared.
This was after the tribunal presented the report to President Sata and Speaker of National Assembly. The petitioners were not even give a copy of the findings but the suspect Kabimba was given.
Meanwhile, the two petitioners Lucky Mulusa and Brebner Changala have accused Hamaundu a close friend to Kabimba of having further damaged the reputation of the judiciary.
Mr. Changala said it was very irresponsible for Hamaundu to print only three copies of the report. One copy was given to the President, one to the Speaker and the last one to Kabimba himself. ” Imagine he gives a report to the person we petitioned and not the petitioners. Hamaundu is disgraced. He couldn’t even face us and sent a junior officer to brief us and this is a person you call a Supreme court judge” he said.
And Mulusa said it was sad that members of the legal fraternity themselves are the ones destroying the reputation of the judiciary. ” In Zambia it is members of the legal fraternity themselves that damage the reputation of the judiciary” he said. The Zambian Watchdog reported that Hamaundu was going to clear Wynter Kabimba because they were very close friends. Hamaundu and Kabimba were in the same class at Kafue Boys. One of Hamaundu’s sons was gotten a job at Lusaka Magistrate criminal registry by Kabimba.
Last week Kabimba appeared before the Efron Lungu parliamentary committee and recommended that his friend Hamaundu be ratified as Supreme Court Justice. Currently Hamaundu is acting Supreme court justice. For parliament to ratify him, he needs a motivational letter from Minister of Justice who happens to be Kabimba. This means that by the time Hamaundu was writing the report, Kabimba was also writing a letter to recommend Hamaundu.
In the photo, Changala and Mulusa leaving the Supreme Court after being shunned by Judge Hamaundu who instructed a clerk to brief them.