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LAZ Asks ConCourt to Commit Tutwa to Prison for Contempt

The Law Association (LAZ) of Zambia has filed a notice of motion in the Constitutional Court seeking the commitment of Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Tutwa Ngulube to prison for contempt of court.

This comes after Ngulube accused LAZ president Eddie Mwitwa of being used to fight political battles for the UPND in an audio recording which was widely circulated on social media and in newspapers.

Mwitwa on Thursday sued Ngulube in the Lusaka High Court and is claiming aggravated and exemplary damages for libel and slander.

According to a notice of motion for an order for committal for publication in contempt of proceedings before the Constitutional Court filed yesterday, LAZ stated that Ngulube published an audio recording on August 14, 2019, two days after LAZ through its lawyer Simeza Sangwa and Associates sued President Edgar Lungu, the Attorney General and the National Assembly of Zambia in the Constitutional Court over their alleged decision to amend the Constitution through Bill No. 10 of 2019.

LAZ in its petition filed on August 12, among other reliefs, are seeking an order of the court to quash President Lungu, the Attorney General and the National Assembly’s decision to amend the Constitution.

However, President Lungu, the Attorney General and the National Assembly have since asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss the petition with costs.

LAZ yesterday moved a notice of motion to commit Ngulube to prison in contempt of proceedings before the court and has demanded that the accused should pay costs of the action.

The association mentioned that Ngulube’s statement touch on the proceedings active or pending before the court concerning President Lungu, the Attorney General and the National Assembly.

It stated that Ngulube created a substantial risk that the course of justice in the proceedings would be and have been seriously impeded or prejudiced.

LAZ also stated that the audio recording was intended to impede or prejudice the administration of justice in connection with the said case.

The association further stated that the same recording has scandalised the court, LAZ, its president and LAZ advocates.

LAZ also seeks an order that Ngulube, himself, or his agents or servants or otherwise howsoever be restrained until after the judgment in this case or until further order from publishing or causing or permitting to be published on any electronic media platform or any media whatsoever any audio, speech or writing on any matter or issue the subject of the proceedings in the case.

It further demanded that the court should take notice that LAZ intends to read into evidence in support of the application the audio recording made and published by Ngulube and its affidavit in support which affidavit was served with the notice of motion.

And Mwitwa in his affidavit in support of the notice of motion stated that it was his respectful position that the publication of the statement by Ngulube created a substantial risk to the proceedings.

He said he has no doubt that it was Ngulube who made the audio recording.

 

 

16 Comments

  1. Impyakusu ichinyo

    With this big fish big teeth involved nothing will happen to tutwa

    • Frank Chombela

      If these amendments were noble and those supporting them also noble, no lawsuits would hv been necessary. They would just said to LAZ, ” you disagree, come let us discuss what you disagree with , we might just reach consensus. We really don’t worry about citizens disagreeing with us. We see disagreement as a chance to refine the constitution. We do not want to repeat the mistakes of 2016 when some people objected and were ignoted. “

  2. Kkayoo LOTTIE

    The problem am seeing also is that in this association, most Advocates are political driven i mean they rally behind the opposition.. Anyway we Zambians it’s our responsibility to go and submit views according to what we think is incorrect in this bill.

  3. Kanyembo

    Tutwa wanted the LAZ Presidency, but since he was openly attached to pf,he sidelined himself no wonder he’s now accusing Eddie to be pro-upnd.

  4. Kicks

    What we should know is that the coming of the lungu leadership has brough much to talk about because of wanting to be in power for life. This Tutwa you are talking about is not even worthy discussing, now because he thinks he is a man enough because he has access to plot one, thats why he talks alot as if he has wings to fly with. He burks like a security dog trying to scare away the enemy at night before he gets closer, knowing that it dangerous to fight an enemy in close range, that is Tutwa, a coward. Work with him ba L A Z, our constitution should be defended by patriotic zambians at all costs. Zambia Calo Cesu Bonse, Not for pf and lungu.

  5. Gangsta grabs

    Just give me a pitbull,2 razor blades and 3 remons, Tutwa,Lungu or whatever will be screaming with cuts and juice,i mean pain boy! LAZ are my gangstaz,we get them pf bitches.

  6. Hangwende

    Viva PF, Viva Tutwa!!! Don’t give the pro_UpND chance to tribalise Zambia.

  7. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    The Law Association of Zambia is above the President, Attorney General and National Assembly. However, let LAZ do everything they want to do because they have that mandate. No one is above the law here wether President, Attorney General, National Assembly. The ball here is in the hands of LAZ because this body is made up of Lawyers and Chief Justices and studied Law. I know that many people here are going to insult me for supporting LAZ but the truth of the matter is that LAZ here knows very well how to interpret the Law in each and every situation in Zambia. Thanks

    • KOMANI

      Comment UPND zealots which school did you go to? nincompoop who told you LAZ is above the president you fool.dont you know that LAZ is a grouping of practicing lawyers of the president is a member don’t just yap about everything Including things you don’t understand.

  8. COMEDIAN HH

    kikiki…banyolongo the tumbuka’s just go back to grade 1, then you shal understand who is who between the government and your so called LAZ. Imwee ba lazo oo.. sorry MR LAZ prisodo lolo lolo you are just abranch manager.no one you can fight of all you have mentioned even tutwa ngulube mp.just ask me, ninakaula paja ni broke ba presido ku mongu.mpaka ku mukobeko,ine noganiza kuti mama miya kwasila nanyongewa ine.ninalila kukuwangako mpaka bakatolika benzo pita mumuseo nebenipulumusa pambuyo ponikambilako.go on if you want to provok them

  9. Razor

    PF aligned concourt will never rule against PF. An exercise in futility.

  10. Sibalwa Joseph

    Kafwafwa now

  11. Angoni

    Sure how expect LAZ to win this case when we know so well that Eddie Mwitwa is sporsed by HH who has failed to win any elections in Zambia. Case thrown out with cost. Let Mwitwa Become the company Secretary for HH his tribe mate ni yo zibika who else can he support apart from his tribe mate.

  12. emmanuelmwababa

    You full of less thinking,dont talk about Edgar Chagwa Lungu on stupid issues.He is our president you and me

  13. BETTER MUST COME

    NGULUBE IS AN INTELLIGENT LAWYER BUT HE SEEMS TO BE FAWNING OR GENUFLECTING TO PEOPLE HE SURPASSES IN INTELLIGENCE. HE SHOULD BLEND HIS BRAINS WITH MORALITY TO AVOID SITUATIONS LIKE THE CURRENT ONE.

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