Fighting the cartel is not for the faint hearted.
It is an arduous and bruising undertaking that requires principled men and women with courage, determination and indeed selflessness, because the cartel will use every indecency and subterfuge in their vain effort to retain their power and privilege.
We feel for lawyers Lewis Mosho and Keith Mweemba who are suffering vicious media attacks for championing the national cause of cleansing our perverted criminal justice system. These attacks are meant to demoralize, traumatize and therefore lower their resolve to fight for justice.
The detractors are fully aware that they have no case to defend hence the effort to character assassinate their opponents.
It has been said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
This is a cause that intends to bring to an end 13 years of pervasion of our criminal justice system starting with the hounding from office of DPP Mukelabai Mukelabai by Fred M’membe and Mutembo Nchito.
This outrage visited and sullied our justice system because few people had the courage to stand up to the wiles of determined fraudsters.
That is why unless this cause is won Mukelabai Mukelabai and many others would have suffered and died in vain, for theirs was a futile struggle against false powers and principalities of avarice, deceit and plunder.
It has been said that.., ‘‘Errors, no matter how popular, carry the seeds of their own destruction but the saddest part is, we become the cause without being aware of it or just turn a blind eye and refuse to accept that we are the causes for the effects. Men are blind in their own cause and try to justify their actions meekly. Bad cause will not be supported by good men and if the root cause is identified and removed, there will be no bad effects.”
The nation should have stood up in furious indignation at the manner Mukelabai was treated, but few within the legal fraternity recognized the danger. They acquiesced and many have suffered for that singular lack of concern.
There is no doubt that the cartel has since grown deep roots, in the judiciary, Law Association of Zambia and indeed the executive, making its uprooting and dismantling not only scabrous but a risky undertaking which may result in casualties, but this is the danger that every worthy cause deserves.
The documents and information being used to attack and scandalize the two lawyers are coming from Government in documents that have been stolen. This is the nature of perfidy the country has been subjected to.
It cannot be by coincidence that a matter closed by the Law Association of Zambia two years ago has been re-opened this week, a few days before Magisterate Lameck Mwale is to make a ruling on a related matter.
We may not be learned but neither are we so stupid as not to see the intention as being to influence this particular ruling.