One of the petitioners in the Wynter Kabimba tribunal Brebner Changala has threatened to pull out because of alleged bias in favour of Kabimba by tribunal Chairman Evans Hamaundu.
Judge Hamundu and Kabumba are close friends and former classmates at Kafue Boys.
Changala told the Zambian Watchdog that he was shocked at the blatant biasness by Hamaundu.
“I’m very disappointed by the tribunal chairman. He is very hostile towards our lawyers. No; that is not fair;” he said.
Changala who is a petitioner together with former Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa has since lodged in an official complaint.
Judge Hamaundu was seen even shaking his head in disagreement when lawyers for the petitioners were presenting.
But despite this hostility from the tribunal chairperson, the petitioners’ lawyers in the afternoon continued pounding Kabimba during cross-examination.
At one time Kabimba contradicted himself when he told petitioner lawyer Makebi Zulu that he keeps party letterheads in his office at the Ministry of Justice.
When asked further if Kabimba used government computers, Kabimba said he only drafts party letters at the Ministry but sends the letters to his law firm for printing.
And Kabimba confirmed fears that the tribunal will try to protect him when he openly thanked the tribunal for protecting him. “Thank you very much Chair for protecting me, ” he said.
In embarrassment, Judge Hamaundu said: “No we are not protecting you”.
And one of the petitioners’ lawyers who declined to be named said they have delivered enough evidence and if the tribunal decides to dupe the people, it will be known.
“We have delivered evidence and if Hamaundu wants to do gimnastics it is up to him. Kabimba has admitted to all the allegations” he said.
The petitioners are presented by a team of youthful lawyers who represent the future of the legal profession in Zambia.
Kabimba is represented by old men in the evening of their careers.