Relatives and supporters of the four Barotse detainees have threatened to apply for contempt proceedings against Central province police commissioner Lombe Kamukoshi if she continues blocking them from attending court sessions.
Kamukoshi, who was in charge of Western province at the time of the infamous arrest has invented her own court rules of ‘attendance by invitations only, but High court Judge Dominic Sichinga today ruled her offside. Judge Sichinga said court sessions of this kind are public in nature and members are free to attend provided they conduct themselves in an orderly manner and help the police in preserving order. Kamukoshi who is late President Sata’s niece has also designed cards for media practitioners and today confiscated cameras and recorders from all scribes entering the court room after a vigorous screening process.
Judge Sichinga disclosed that he was prompted to make that ruling today arising from print and electronic media reports of blocking people from attending the court session.
“We are sick and tired of this woman, if she thinks this court session is her wedding where she chooses who to invite, it is not our fault that she has no man to marry her. If she continues her conduct then tomorrow we will apply for contempt proceedings against her,” said one relative whose
names we have withheld.