Martha Mushipe has been summoned by the Law Association of Zambia’s (LAZ) Legal Practitioners Committee for a hearing for alleged professional misconduct exhibited during the last Presidential petition before the Constitutional Court and could lose her licence.
The Committee has ordered Ms mushipe to hand in a written reply to a letter it wrote to exculpate herself warning that it would proceed to consider the matter and make any decision it shall deem fit should she decide not to hand in her letter by 11: hours today.
It has also ordered her to appear before the committee in person tomorrow for further hearing of the matter.
LAZ received a complaint from the Constitutional Court against Ms Mushipe for alleged professional misconduct exhibited during the last Presidential petition that was before the Court.
According to a letter addressed to Mushipe dated September 19, 2016, LAZ Committee for Legal Practitioners’ Council secretary Silas Mambwe informed Ms Mushipe that she needed to exculpate herself in writing before close of business on Thursday September 22, 2016 and appear at 11hours for hearing of the complaint.
“The LAZ Council at its meeting held on September 6, 2016 resolved to refer to the Committee a complaint against you emanating from the Constitutional Court following your alleged professional misconduct exhibited during the last presidential petition hearing before the Court,” read part of the letter.
Mr Mambwe also enclosed for reference a letter from the Council dated September 15, 2016 and the ruling from the Constitutional Court delivered on September 5, 2016 by the majority and the disseminating judgment by Hon. Justice Hilda Chibomba, President of the Court, also delivered on the same day.
“The pertinent complaint is on page R12 of the majority ruling and page J3 of the dissenting judgment.
“Consequent to the foregoing, you are hereby requested to respond to the complaint in writing before close of business on Thursday, September 22, 2016 and appear at 11 hours for hearing of the complaint,” he said.
Mr Mambwe informed Ms Mushipe that should she elect to neither respond in writing nor appear in person for the hearing on the said date and at the aforementioned time, the committee would proceed to consider the matter and make any decision it shall deem fit.