Details are finally emerging regarding the manner in which Lusaka Lawyer Keith Mweemba a member of UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’ legal team was arrested and kept in jail over the weekend on a bailable charge.
Mweemba is entangled is entangled in a legal tussle with the Office of the Director of Public prosecutions headed by Mutembo Nchito.
Apparently Mweemba was yesterday morning expected to argue an appealed against the conviction of his clients Bolivians Jorge Galvara Padilla and Jackeline Marrn Paedraza on a charge of drug trafficking because the drugs involved were never given a proper chemical analytical assay before they were destroyed by court order in spite of his protestation.
The DPP’s chambers had as at Friday apparently not submitted arguments against the appeal. His arrest on Friday and subsequent detention on “superior” orders meant that he could not argue the appeal yesterday.
Attempts by a team of lawyers to seek his release failed lamentably even after a meeting was held with ACC Director General Roselyn Wandi who seemed to be working under more superior orders.
Subsequently Justice Evans Hamaundu yesterday adjourned the appeal to Friday this week, when the state, it is hoped will file submissions.
His arrest was reportedly ordered from the “top” with instructions to the Anti Corruption Commission that he should not be granted Police bond at any cost.
Information of the arrest was communicated to the media through a “contrived” press query after instructions of his arrest were issued. The intention was to give maximum publicity to the arrest.
The ACC release read “I wish to confirm that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested a Lusaka lawyer for Corrupt Practices with public officer.”
It is not clear from which media house the query was received.
The ACC statement reported that Kieth Mweemba, 34, of House Number 21597 a Lusaka Lawyer was arrested and charged with corrupt practices with public officer contrary to section 19 (2) of the Anti-Corruption Act Number 3 of 2012.
Details of the allegations were that Mr. Mweena, on dates unknown but between 2nd January 2013 and 14th February 2013 at Lusaka in the Lusaka Province of the Republic of Zambia corruptly offered or promised to offer a token of appreciation as consideration or gratification to Assistant Senior State Advocate Monica Chipanta Mwansa in order for her to act favourably in the manner she would handle an appeal case.