Transparency International Zambia Executive Director testifies in Kabimba tribunal

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The tribunal investigating Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba’s alleged abuse of office and breach of Oath of Secrecy has today adjourned to pave way for the consideration of facts that both the respondent and complainant have laid before it.

During the four days of hearings, the Tribunal has heard testimonies from two witnesses from the complainants who include former Solwezi Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa and Daily Nation reporter Wallen Simwaka while the respondent Mr. Kabimba had himself testify, with Solicitor General Musa Mwenye and Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) Executive Director Goodwell Lungu being his other witnesses.

And in examination in-Chief led by the respondent’s Counsel Mumba Mwansa, Mr. Lungu told the tribunal today that his organization wrote a letter to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) in July 2013 to express it views on the conduct by the some political parties that had been fielding candidates whose Parliamentary seats had been nullified based on grounds of corruption to contest for the same Parliamentary seats.

In cross examination by the complainant’s counsel Makebi Zulu, Mr. Lungu further told the tribunal that he wrote the said letter to the ECZ instead of the Attorney General because the ECZ is the custodian of the holding of elections in the country.

This was after he was asked to explain why he wrote to the ECZ and not the Attorney who is the legal advisor to the government.

And adjourning the hearings, Tribunal chairperson, Judge Evan Hamaundu said the by breaking off the hearings, the members of the tribunal will now look at the specific areas on the facts that have provide in line with the task that has been given to it.

Judge Hamaundu who is also Acting Supreme Court Judge says once the members of the tribunal consider the facts that have been provided so far, they will proceed to identify any other person they think will be needed to assist the tribunal in its fact finding.

He says for this reason, they will meet today Thursday and Friday, and reconvene the tribunal on Monday the 27th January at 09:00hrs
He says it will be on Monday that parties to the tribunal will be informed about the people that will be summoned to appear before it.

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