The Judicial Service Commission has started interviewing people nominated to serve as High Court Judges the Zambian Watchdog investigations have revealed.
Three months ago the Zambian Watchdog reported that Post Newspapers owner Fred Mmembe had personally been calling people asking them to serve on the High Court bench.
Investigations conducted by the Zambian Watchdog reveal that the Judicial Service Commission has so far interviewed Lusaka Lawyer Mwelwa Chibesakunda who is also nephew to current embattled Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda.
Others interviewed are a Mr. Martin Musaluke former Law Association of Zambia Vice President and partner in a law firm with President Michael Sata’s nephew Anthony Kasolo. The law firm is called MSK and Partners.
Also interviewed is Ms. Mwaka Chilombo-Phiri the current Acting Registrar of the High Court. Mwaka Chilombo Phiri is the one who issued a hurriedly done report to the Electoral Commission of Zambia barring former Petauke Central Member of Parliament Dora Siliya, former Malambo MP Maxwel Mwale and former Mulobezi MP Hasting Sililo from filling their nomination papers in the by-elections that were supposed to take place on September 5,2013.
Mwaka Chilombo Phiri is also one of the first witnesses to testify against two suspended High Court Judges Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga during the short lived Judge Chikopa’s tribunal.
The other person that has been interviewed is former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Rupiah Banda government Mrs. Winnie Mwenda Sithole.