Bailiffs in Lusaka are set to pounce on goods belonging to first republican president Kenneth Kaunda for failing to settle more than K3.5 billion in legal fees.
This follows the granting of a FIFA by the Lusaka High Court yesterday to seven legal firms which represented him in five cases in 1999 and whose cost has now risen to K3,523,927,080 inclusive of interest.
According to court documents the cases in which Dr Kaunda has failed to settle professional charges are in respect of Misprison of Treason whose fees were calculated at US$171,726,Citizeship US$150,000,Black Mamba US$90,475, Kabwe assassination attempt and illegal assembly US$45,825 and the presidential petition, (25 per cent of US$750,000) US$187,500.
The legal firms which have been granted the FIFA are Central Chambers, Mvunga and Associates, Lukona Chambers, Shamwana and Company, Mahachi Chambers, Lighthouse Chambers and Dove Chambers whose FIFA has also affected former Justice Minister Sebastian Zulu who was then UNIP secretary-general.
The FIFA reads in part, “To the Sheriff of Zambia and his bailiffs, you are hereby commanded that of the goods and chattels of Dr Kenneth David Kaunda and United National Independence Party to collect the sum of USD 645,526.25 or Zambian Kwacha equivalent being judgment debt and also interest thereon at the rate of 6 per cent per annum from April 27, 1999”.
The FIFA obtained by Messrs EBM Chambers yesterday who are representing the seven legal firms is also demanding payment of Sheriff’s commission, officer’s costs of levying and all other legal incidental expenses.
In June and July 1996, a shadowy group called the “Black Mamba” was blamed by the government for a spate of bomb blasts in Zambia and killed one person and injured another seriously.
Eight UNIP officials including its vice president Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta were arrested in connection with the bombings in June and were committed to the Lusaka High Court charged with treason and murder.