THE International Institute of Democracy and Conflict Resolution (IIDCR) has asked the Law Association of Zambia to apply for a joinder in the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) case which is before the courts of law in order to expedite the legal process.
In a letter dated 13th October, 2015 to LAZ president George Chisanga which was signed by IIDCR secretary general Richard Tembo, the institute has asked LAZ to join the case in order for Zambians to recover the colossal amounts of money owed to them by Post newspaper editor-in-chief and his colleagues.
Mr. Tembo said there was need for LAZ to join the case in order to beef up the legal team representing Government to make sure that the case was disposed of as quickly as possible.
“The IIDCR wishes to appeal to your association to join the matter before the courts in which the Development Bank of Zambia is striving to recover the loan genuinely offered to entities well known to you.
“You will agree with us that this matter has taken long and in the interest of justice and recovery of public funds it is prudent that LAZ joins the DBZ legal team to ensure this public matter is expediently disposed of and money is paid back to DBZ,” Mr. Tembo said.
“Your association to which the natural persons (Fred M’membe and the Nchito brothers) are well known, should take keen interest in the matter in the same manner you joined the High Court for determination of the tenure of office and by-election of the President because this is a matter of public interest and your silence won’t help the nation,” he said.
He said that if LAZ did not heed the call for a joinder, IIDCR would conduct a country-wide fundraising programme and then engage law firms to be joined to the case.
“It is our resolve that if your association won’t heed our appeal, then we shall take it upon ourselves and engage private renowned law firms and ensure that our 300,000 members country-wide make financial contributions towards meeting the legal fees.
“It is you learned lawyers who always say that justice delayed is justice denied and further that justice must be seen to be done and the law of equity must prevail other than learned lawyers hiding in the law by avoiding paying debts,” he said.