PROFESSOR Patrick Mvunga has condemned the “parallel” court system run by the Post newspapers which has been running commentaries on former President Rupiah Banda cases.
The practice, he said, was intended to defeat the course of justice and was patently against the law.
Speaking when he made a submission Professor Mvunga said that the self-styled court had no place in Zambia, and warned that he would be forced to cite the newspaper for contempt of court.
He said the country should not have a stream of parallel courts where people would be coming up with judgments in the newspapers.
When the matter came up for mention yesterday in Lusaka Magistrates Court, the former president said the Post should be ordered to stop running articles.
“We don’t want to start contempt proceedings against the Post because they are already facing other contempt proceedings. They have imported Suraj, a Nigerian where they are getting statements, and the law should be applied.
“We don’t want self-styled courts. If they don’t stop or respect the court, they should be barred, stopped and kept at Bwinjimfumu road,” he said.
The former head of state, he said, was entitled to due process of the law.
“We can’t be having judgments before court process is exhausted. We hope the prosecution will also condemn what the Post is doing,” he said.
If the Nigerians were ready to testify, he said, they should stood in the witness dock to provide information.
And prosecutors from National Prosecution Authority said the defence had a genuine concern and that court process should be respected
Ndola High Court acting deputy director court operations Joshua Banda sitting as magistrate said if the former president felt hurt and injured he should make an application to commence contempt proceedings.
“I take the Professor’s observation as not an application. As I have said before, the court will not be influenced by what is said in the media but with what is said in the court. If Mr Banda felt strongly hurt and injured he should make an application to commence contempt proceedings,” he said.
Magistrate Banda adjourned the matter to June 26 as the date to make a ruling whether the former president would be found with a case to answer and May 28 for mention.