NGO COMPLAINS TO CONCOURT OVER OPPOSITION LEADERS INSULTS

By NATION REPORTER
THE Evangelical Youth Alliance (EYA) has complained to the Constitutional Court over the continued scandalizing of judges, referring to sentiments attributed to All People’s Congress (APC) president Nason Musoni and UPND Director of Research and Policy Analysis, Choolwe Beyani.
In a letter dated November 7, 2018 and addressed to the Concourt president, EYA executive director Moses Lungu now wants these, plus UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s previous alleged contemptuous statements to be urgently redressed.
“I refer your attention to article published by the Mast online on 3rd November, 2018 under the headline: “Criminals using the Concourt to launder illegality, says Msoni” attributed to Nason Msoni and another one published by the Zambian Watchdog titled, “Foolish Judgment from corrupt judiciary” published on 1st November, 2018.
“Further reference is also made to the Facebook posting by UPND Director of Research and Policy Analysis, Choolwe Beyani on 1st November, 2018 under the theme, “Legal Rot in Zamunda” in which he states that Her Ladyship Judge “Constitutional Court Judge Anne Sitali is the same Judge who was part of the UPND petition judgment,” reads the letter in part.
Rev. Lungu   brought to the attention of the Concourt the previous complaint by another private citizen over Mr. Hichilema’s contempt allegations which were subsequently overlooked.
“Your ladyship, the continued manner in which the Judges and the Constitutional Court is being scandalized stems from perception created among members of the public that the Court will not act against those who commit contempt against judges and the Court itself and appears to be a calculated build up from the remarks made by the UPND leader, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, who has gone scot-free.
“In a letter authored by Director of Public Prosecutions, dated 20th September, 2018 and addressed to one Henry Chilombo, herein enclosed, the learned Ms Lillian Shawa suggested that Contempt against the Constitutional Court can only be prosecuted once the Court itself decides to take up the matter,” reads the letter.
He said the renewed scandalous and contemptuous sentiments were putting the judges to public ridicule and needed to be stopped immediately.
“The renewed scandalous attacks by some eminent members of the public against our Honourables is a source of concern to me as a member of the public, and I believe this unfortunate situation may be continued if the Court and those tasked to protect the integrity of the Judiciary decide not to have these contempt matters redressed, and redressed as a matter of urgency.
“As a law-abiding member of the public interested in protecting the image of our Judiciary, I hereby lodge this complaint and pray that the Courts will set standards for all of us to follow,” he said.

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