Stanbic Bank Zambia has influenced the Supreme Court to charge a local journalist Derick Sinjela with contempt of court.
Meanwhile, sources in the legal fraternity have revealed that chief Justice Irene Mambilima has been calling lawyers to warn them against defending Bishop John Mambo and Chifire.
Sinjela becomes the third victim in the case where Supreme Court judges are engaged in a process to intimidate the public from talking about massive corruption in the judiciary. Su
preme Court judges were bribed to trash a High Court judgment that ordered Stanbic to compensate Savenda management K192 million for breach of duty, malice and negligence.
Instead of addressing the corruption in the judiciary, Chief Justice Irene Mambilima and her deputy Marvin Mwanmwambwa have vowed to crash anyone who points out the corruption. So far Bishop John Mambo and Gregory Chifire have been charged with contempt of court and maybe jailed this week since Mambilima and Mwanambwa (an angry and frustrated judge) have already written a guilty verdict but will still pretend to go through a trial.
Last weekend, Stanbic officials met Eric Silwamba and told him to tell the Supreme Court to include Derick Sinjela on the list of victims. Sinjela was served with court summons on Monday and will appear before nine Supreme Court judges on Friday 17 August 2018. Sinjela runs a newspaper called ‘Rainbow’ which published an article questioning the judgment in the Savenda v Stanbic case.
Meanwhile, sources in the legal fratenity have reviewed that chief Justice Irene Mambilima has been calling lawyers to warn them against representing Bishop John Mambo and Chifire.
Mambilima and Mwanmwambwa have been telling laywers that any lawyer who will appear in court to represent the accused persons will be dealt with.
The trial of Bishop Mambo, Chifire and now Sinjela is viewed by many people as an abuse of the court by judges to serve personal interests.
The same judges who are accused of corruption are ones judging the activists. The summons and charges were drafted by the same judges. The same judges are the also the complainants in the matter. This also the final court of appeal in Zambia. If the activists are found guilty and jailed, there is nowhere else they can appeal.
In the case of Savenda v Stanbic, the High Court ordered Stanbic to compensate Savenda K192m for loss of contracts after Stanbic negligently and maliciously reported Savenda to the credit Reference Bureau. But the Supreme Court trashed the High court Judgement and instead ordered Savenda to pay costs from the time the case started, generating public outcry and suspicion that the Supreme Court has been bribed. The bill which Silwamba wants Savenda to pay the Bank is K10 million.