Supreme Court Concludes Case for 3 Suspended Judges
By Editor - Wed Sep 19, 8:04 am
The judicial review hearing involving three suspended judges has been concluded with the state urging the Supreme Court to uphold the suspension of the judges.
This is in a matter in which Attorney General Mumba Malila appealed against the Lusaka High Court‘s decision to grant Supreme court judge Philip Musonda and two high court judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna a stay over their suspension.
When the matter came up for hearing, the state said President Michael Sata acted in his powers to suspend a judge without consulting anyone.
But one of the respondents’ lawyers, Milner Katolo, asked the court to stay the appeal case proceedings until the appeal case involving JCN holdings Limited, Post Newspapers Limited and Mutembo Nchito in which they were ordered to pay back 14 billion kwacha owned to the Development Bank of Zambia, was concluded claiming there was link between the two cases.
But respondent lawyers Abudy Shonga urged the court to dismiss the appeal with costs saying Judge Flugency Chisanga was on firm ground when he granted their clients a stay against their suspension.
Acting Chief Justice Judge Lombe Chibesakunda announced the conclusion of the hearing and gave the state 10 days to respond to some heads of argument which were filed before court yesterday.
Judge chibesakunda has also reserved judgment to another date to be communicated later.