LAWYERS representing United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has asked the Kitwe High Court to stand down a bench warrant issued against him by Judge Catherine Mukanga.
It is understood that lawyers representing the acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda who is a complainant in the matter have never served the summons on him and that the last notice was published in a newspaper advertisement.
As a result of this, the UPND legal team was not aware of the dates and could not therefore inform Mr Hichilema who until yesterday was on a campaign trail in Mangango.
The lawyer are said to have pleaded with the court to lift the bench warrant and have undertaken to ensure that Mr Hichilema would be in court at the next hearing.
The acting Chief Justice has complained to the Kitwe High Court and charged him with contempt of court.
This is in a case in which acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda has applied to commit Mr Hichilema to prison for allegedly commenting on an issue when he referred to her position as acting Chief Justice.
The matter was scheduled for hearing on July 9th this year but was adjourned to August 18th after the court was informed that summons had not been served because he was not found at a given address.
Ruling comes up today.