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Mambo Gets K25, 000 Fine for Contempt

Civil Society Constitutional Agenga (CiSCA) chairperson and Chikondi Foundation president Bishop John Mambo has escaped jail for contempt but has been fined K25,000 for the offence.

Appearing before the Supreme Court full Bench, Bishop Mambo escaped the punishment received by the other two who were given custodial sentences for similar offences.

Bishop Mambo voluntarily pleaded guilty to a contempt of court charge in the Supreme Court, but said he didn’t mean to bring the Court into disrepute or undermine its authority.

Others who were facing contempt of court charges include SANAC executive director Gregory Chifire, but he maintained his plea of not guilty in the same matter and was later found guilty and jailed for six years while Rainbow Newspaper editor-in-chief Derrick Sinjela pleaded guilty and was jailed for 18months.

Chifire, however, fled and he is reportedly in self-imposed exile in South Africa.

Sinjela, on the other hand, pleaded guilty and apologized to the court, but was given a custodial sentence of 18months.

In the same matter, Bishop Mambo is alleged to have committed contempt of court when he wrote a letter to Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima on May 12, 2018, over the Savenda Vs Stanbic Bank matter.

“The legal suit against the bank by Savenda, though given a favorable decision at the lower court, was suspiciously overturned by the higher court on appeal…most judges seem to be more interested in achieving personal ambitions at the expense of justice for all and equality before the law…,” read Bishop Mambo’s letter in part.

When the matter came up in the Supreme Court before the full bench, Bishop Mambo, who was represented by three lawyers, reversed his earlier plea of not guilty and pleaded guilty to the charge.

His lawyers told the court that their client wanted to purge his contempt.

In his purge, Bishop Mambo apologised for the contemptuous remarks emanating from the letter he wrote.

He said he did not mean to bring the court into disrepute or undermine its authority.

Bishop Mambo said his intentions were to raise what he believed were concerns of alleged corruption with respect to the judiciary.

“Little did I know that sending the letter would bring me into contempt with the entire bench. My actions are regrettable. I sincerely apologise,” he said as he also quoted some Bible scriptures on forgiveness.

Asked by Justice Marvin Mwanamwambwa whether he read the judgments passed by the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court over the Savenda and Stanbic Bank case, Bishop Mambo said he did not.

He said he wished he had not written the letter.

“I did not read the judgment apart from what is in public domain. I wish I did not write the letter,” Bishop Mambo said.

He accused some media houses of misinterpreting the contents of his letter to Justice Mambilima.

But the Supreme Court ruled that it was reckless for Bishop Mambo to have published a letter before reading about the judgments in that case.

The matter had been adjourned for ruling since September 2018.

13 Comments

  1. Gangsta grabs

    Next time carry a gun into court and pop a bullet into each bench’s ass.

    • BLOCK / NAIL GANGSTA

      EDITORS PLEASE BLOCK THESE NIGGAS WITH FOUL MOUTHS & OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA . ZICTA & OPERATORS PLEASE EXPOSE , PROSECUTE & NAIL OFFENDING SUBSCRIBERS

  2. Gangsta grabs Step Father

    Gangsta grabs my step son GET TO KNW THAT TONIGHT I WILL SCREW YOUR MOM’S HOLE WITH A KNIFE COZ OF BEARING A DOWNS-SYNDROM CHILD LIKE YOU.
    I THINK SHE SLEPT WITH A DOG TO HAVE YOUR PREGNANCY

  3. Truth man

    Respect the law of the land.This is a good lesson for people who have big mouths and who don’t think before they leap! The courts are the institutions that save us from all forms of injustice and any one who shows disrespect to them deserves punishment like any offender in the country.

  4. mutule

    Menomeno your tym is ticking 2021

  5. thomas

    shame on bishops of today

  6. CHALE COOL

    thats the problem of the postors of nowadays you cant save two masters at ago.now see that k25pin instead of use at home you pay-it for your careless talking and just concentrate on your pastoral work only papa than be apolitical commentetor no one is above the law.be like postor j.banda of northmid assembly church i like that papa.

  7. jr

    pastors of nowadays kuwayawayafye

  8. Hammer

    This Bishop should just remove the cloth and be what he really is. A political cadre one, an instrument of disrespect to zambian institutions of governance two , and three s tribalist. I hope his political party will pay for him the fine.

  9. Mutule menomen

    Guess thats yo sir name menomeno 2021 mutule

  10. Mr. K

    He is not a. Zambian that’s why he works against. Zambians peace

  11. Jms

    Nowadays priests pastors or even many teachers of the Lord fear to advise due to education which we have and still worsting (A BAD LEADER APPRECIATES HIMSELF BUT A GOOD LEADER WILL BE APPRECIATED BY PEOPLE AND A COWARD IS MOSTLY FOOLED BY UNEDUCATED PEOPLE

  12. Jms

    Nowadays priests pastors or even many teachers of the Lord fear to advise due to education which we have and still worsting (A BAD LEADER APPRECIATES HIMSELF BUT A GOOD LEADER WILL BE APPRECIATED BY PEOPLE AND A COWARD IS MOSTLY FOOLED BY UNEDUCATED PEOPLE and their are no peaceful people in Zambia because peaceful people help each other if we do help one another who is Chris Phiri helping or is Chris working alone when he isn’t giving chance to others who may have maybe good ideas please depending on one idea isn’t good due to change of situations which may lead your only idea or businesses to be static I know some people have become hope less due to their free will of having rewrote certificates shame sorry we don’t know how and what education helps in development of any situation God allows situations to happen due to the mind he has given us.

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