Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda, Maka-Phiri, the acting High Court Registrar and the public relations officer Terry Musonda must be compelled to testify in the on-going Tribunal investigating Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba because the three judiciary officers were critical and directly connected to the case, Zambian Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali has said.
Tayali has told the Sunday Nation that should Judge Hamaundu refuse or even frustrate the summoning of the three judiciary officers, his credibility and that of his Tribunal would become questionable.
Tayali said it was important for the Judge Evans Hamaundu Tribunal to summon all the witnesses who were connected to the events that led to the banishing of former Petauke Member of Parliament Dora Siliya, Maxwell Mwale of Malambo and Hastings Sililo of Mulobezi from recontesting their seats.
Tayali said following the letter written by Kabimba in his capacity as secretary general of the Patriotic Front (PF) to Ellis & Co, the ruling party lawyers and copied to Justice Chibesakunda and President Michael Sata, a statement was issued by Musonda purporting that the three candidates had been barred from recontesting their seats.
Tayali said Zambians were eager to know what she did after receiving copy of the letter Kabimba had written to the PF lawyers in which he had enclosed government legal opinion on the nullification of parliamentary seats.
“Who gave Musonda, the judiciary public relations officer to issue a statement? Did the High Court Registrar receive the letter from Kabimba and the costs acompnying the letter from PF secretary general? These are the critical questions we would want answered and anything short of this will creat doubts in the credibility of the Tribunal,” Tayali said.