Politics

Minister Battles Contempt In Hichilema Treason Case

Lusaka Magistrate Ireen Wushimanga this afternoon ruled that Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili, standing as an accused person, must take plea before the court could delve into preliminary applications.

Sumaili’s lawyer Eric Silwamba had raised preliminary issues arguing whether the DPP should use her powers to take over the matter.

Hichilema’s lawyers have brought criminal contempt charges against Sumaili.

Wushimanga has ruled that the arguments by the accused lawyers were not focused and were simply dragging matters back and forth.

In light of the ruling by the magistrate, Silwamba submitted that the competence and credibility of the proceedings were now in question.

He submitted that the authority the Magistrate relied upon to compel Sumaili to take plea was misapplied.

Silwamba stated that according to section 204, an accused may choose to remain quiet or talk and that those are some of the avenues to be followed.

He said despite his objection he had put it on record that the accused person was ready to start the matter whichever way the Court had guided.

Hichilema’s lawyer Keith Mweemba submitted that it had been canvassed that the accused person could decide to remain quiet but that the law is clear on such, saying the court had powers to make inquiries as to why the accused was refusing to take plea or why he/she chose to remain mute.

He warned that the Court could record a plea of guilty if the accused remains mute on malice.

45 Comments

  1. chachacha

    All these things were not going to happen if it was not for lungu and friends who arrested an innocent man (HH). Even our economy is declining because the investors have withdrawn their monies. If the situation continue then expect more predicaments

    • Wise Me

      chachacha, in all fairness you have just committed a contept of court.

    • Gift sichone

      Brothers and sisters pls don’t fighting a losing battle

  2. vern

    Lawyers, the so called learned people, learn to call a spade, a spade. Here on earth there is no weapon to destroy the long arm of the law. Get this fact.

    • zika

      The arm of the law is very long that’s why he is at mukobeko maximum prison.

      • Musonda

        @ Zika virus,the long armbhas been there since civilian started and its controllers have come and gone even those that that the seat is permanent

    • Chiminya

      What do you mean?

    • Gift sichone

      Christians prease let us pray and comit our only nation Zambia in the hand God intersesor pls let us pray and fast for our nation

    • Gift sichone

      Christians please let us pray and comit our only nation Zambia in the hand of God intersesor pls let us pray and fast for our nation

  3. MIP

    Nkhani yulula. Always try to be in good books with others you shall lead a free life, but when you seem to be a know it all you land yourself in trouble.

  4. Kelly Mwami

    fucksess! release innocent HH.

  5. Awa

    The law breaker must be caged regardless of who they are.

  6. Deep Greene

    Boma ndi Boma,lawyers more money in the pocket, kikiiikiki

  7. Khalid Mundia

    Zambia on the eage.

  8. One Man

    Comment, Lungu&his Dogs Wil Pay Very Soon,a Bitch Representing The Ministry Of Churches…God Forbid

  9. Chapwa

    Kulibonesha the owners of the money you borrowed to do campaigns want it sale the cattle and take it back pipo rush to condemn the gvt do you know what hh did in all the countries by now should have been history don’t talk with your buttocks but use your medulla if we can’t respect our leaders despite our differences at such events then we are finished as a country and never talk of artificial discourse in the country please leave the work of courts to the courts you can’t be experts at everything

  10. ruth mbewe

    the most useles leader is lungu.

  11. k moyo

    Comment.EDGAR IS VERRY GOOD MAN BUT BA HH BANACHITA KUMUPUTA LUNGU KUFUNA KUMUPAYA MZAWO KUJA KU MWAMBO SO NOW HH GO TO the APLOGEYRS OF THIS KES

  12. Coilard

    HH He Has Done Nothing They Just Want To Destroy Our Party, Let Me Assure U, This Government Is Not Stable, Since HH’s Arest And We Going To Suffer In This Country Because Lungu He Has Failed To Rulling And He Just Set The Country In Fire, Agitate The Bombs In Motion, The Majority They Codemn Him Every Day, For Me Am Just Praying Our Leader Hakainde Hichilema To Be Released In Peace Soon As Posible, MAY THE LORD MY GOD BLESS U ALL!!!

    • Surgent Lungu

      Koma wulindi maganizo gelo nakukonda.

  13. chanzi

    even the suicide cases are on the rise ­čśé

  14. ZIMBAS

    THAT MINISTER IS ALSO DULL. HOW DO YOU COMMENT ON ISSUES S ALREADY IN THE COURT OF LAW. TRYING TO PLEASE THOSE WHO PUT HER IN THAT POST. THAT BOTTOM POWER WILL LAND HER IN SOUP.

  15. vern

    Ba Coilard, mwampapusha ati HH did nothing! Ala Niwe mututu walekeleshako. Kalombekofye.HH shit money shaboboka nga Denkete.

  16. vern

    Those advocating for the release of HH are mentally redarted.HH breached the law, He would have been killed there and then. Mutinta my sister, open your eyes the real enememies of HH are those 10 lawyers, and those who turned KK away from seeing HH. Since he is caged, the key is now in your hand tell HH to say the five words “sorry” to the arm of the law. Otherwise your HH will rot in jail. Consider my advise. And wise up.

    • better man

      Foolish mind , was that treason, the worst idi amino Hitler. But Allah will judge

  17. law

    You fools you are contempting the courts.. you are Lucky this platform is useless and doesn’t leak other wise never comment on Court matters mediocres you cant even buy meali meal and you are here trying to be concerntous mother fuckers go and work and be like your so called leader hh fools…… idiotors phenomena…

  18. ENGINEER R.

    What about prophet Bushiri, bamayo aletiposhani?

  19. James Mwape

    Incoming President is Chishimba Kambwili and not HH you have kept on praising. HH store money through privatization and to give the whole country – he sell it.

  20. fest

    forward forever ,lungu you will be out very soon .

    • Surgent Lungu

      Zambins don’t worry God the so called edigar chimbusu lungu will die a misterious death in your favour.

  21. James bond

    Idiots wil remain praising lungu wen he is finshing the country to zero.Courts now are being ruled under his vissionless . Jst after 2015 pfconvetion wen he swindled his friend i hated lungu upto now. His time wil wen came as it happened to nebukadneza. His time wil came and none of his suporters talk.

  22. Surgent Lungu

    Lungu kukhaba cabe zooona ndiwe devil.

  23. j dollar

    Aha

  24. j dollar

    Whatever

  25. tyga

    this is bullshit n fathertucker….let our man go!

  26. chachacha

    If HH committed an offense let him be crucified but if he didn’t then release Him so that we can move on with developmental programmes.

  27. cwanny-d

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahàhahahahàhahàhahahàhahahahahahah
    kibumaswe bati
    2bad.

  28. gaston jelome

    Gentlemen, life z not about money but respect you give to neighbuor, it does not matter hw much money you have or who you want to please. Its about respect at all cost. The money is for you and your family. Such cases are difficuty to rule out. It takes justice to take its course. If it wasnt hh who famous,by nw this case would hav bn over, automaticaly its life imprisonment,nw that its hh you want the case to be over. U think money rules the world ? Politics aside, let brother hh admitts that he z wrong,he will lose nothing than being ther centuries and decades.

  29. Chiboola

    ICO ICO ICO I had a dream we are on fire. As a nation. If you saw Rwanda wait for it at Z

  30. Nelson

    Wina azalila

  31. Nelson

    Ya ya ya

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