Top lawyers who have been representing the UPND in several high profile cases have made the decision to stand down from their representation of the party following allegations of non-payment of fees and financial misconduct.
The source indicates that funds that were meant to cover legal fees paid toward both Mweemba and Phiri had allegedly been misappropriated by Mwiimbu, while complaints to party leadership over this fraud were ignored.
The sourcesaid this has led to several other UPND members being represented by junior lawyers that include Mulambo Haimbe, Sevyanji Sinkali and Cornelius Mweetwa, the Choma Central member of parliament, who was recently admitted to the Bar.
When asked why the 15 UPND members who were recently charged with unlawful assembly in Petauke were being represented by Mweetwa, the UPND insider said both Mweemba and Phiri say they are owed huge sums of money and could not continue to represent the party.
“Keith and Gilbert have refused. They say Mwiimbu steals their money which party officials contribute towards legal bills. That is why most of these people are now being represented by Mwiimbu’s law firm called Muleza and Mwiimbu Associates,” the source said.
The source added that “both Zevyanji and Cornelius are from Muleza and Mwiimbu Associates”.
The source said Mulambo Haimbe from Vincent Malambo and Company is also just representing UPND on matters that strictly concern Party president Hakainde Hichilema, while refusing all other requests for representation by the party.