Some legal observers in the Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo’s tribunal say unlike the Wynter Kabimba’s tribunal that was messed up by Justice Evans Hamaundu,the Masebo tribunal has started on a good note going by the way the Chairperson of the tribunal Roydah Kaoma handled the preliminary issues.
“We think there is hope that this may be the real tribunal unlike that mockery in the Kabimba tribunal. We say so because the Chairperson has allowed the petitioner to call any witnesses of his choice but in the disgraced Hamaundu led tribunal,he reserved the right to call witnesses. When the preliminary meeting started, it looked as though we were in a different Zambia under a professional judiciary” one observer who declined to be named said.
Another observer and a member of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) said Acting Supreme Court Justice Roydah Kaoma impressed him. “You know in the Kabimba tribunal, the petitioners wanted the Acting Chief Justice, the Judiciary Public Relations Officer and Bonaventure Mutale to testify but Hamaundu refused, but Madam Kaoma told Harrington to say give us the names of the people that you intend to call as witnesses so that we can Subpoena them. It was very strange indeed” the source said.
The tribunal that officially starts sitting next week will see the petitioners calling twelve witnesses with five coming from government departments while Masebo has indicated she will call twenty witnesses.
When contacted for a comment, petitioners lawyers confirmed that unlike Hamaundu, Justice Roydah Kaoma has allowed them to call witnesses of their choice.
Harrington is being represented by the same lawyers who represented Brebner Changala and Lucky Mulusa in the Kabimba tribunal that has so far resulted into a circus as the chairperson Hamaundu a close friend to Kabimba has messed up everything in exchange for ratification as a Supreme court judge.