NGO com­plains to Con­court over op­po­si­tion lead­ers in­sults

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THE Evan­gel­i­cal Youth Al­liance (EYA) has com­plained to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court over the con­tin­ued scan­dal­iz­ing of judges, re­fer­ring to sen­ti­ments at­trib­uted to All Peo­ple's Congress (APC) pres­i­dent Na­son Mu­soni and UPND Di­rec­tor of Re­search and Pol­icy Anal­y­sis, Choolwe Beyani. In a let­ter dated Novem­ber 7, 2018 and ad­dressed to the Con­court pres­i­dent, EYA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Moses Lungu now wants th­ese, plus UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s pre­vi­ous al­leged con­temp­tu­ous state­ments to be ur­gently re­dressed. “I re­fer your at­ten­tion to ar­ti­cle pub­lished by the Mast on­line on 3rd Novem­ber, 2018 un­der the head­line: “Crim­i­nals us­ing the Con­court to laun­der il­le­gal­ity, says Msoni” at­trib­uted to Na­son Msoni and an­other one pub­lished by the Zam­bian Watch­dog ti­tled, “Fool­ish Judg­ment from cor­rupt ju­di­ciary” pub­lished on 1st Novem­ber, 2018. “Fur­ther ref­er­ence is also made to the Face­book post­ing by UPND Di­rec­tor of Re­search and Pol­icy Anal­y­sis, Choolwe Beyani on 1st Novem­ber, 2018 un­der the theme, “Le­gal Rot in Za­munda” in which he states that Her Lady­ship Judge “Con­sti­tu­tional Court Judge Anne Si­tali is the same Judge who was part of the UPND pe­ti­tion judg­ment,” reads the let­ter in part. Rev. Lungu brought to the at­ten­tion of the Con­court the pre­vi­ous com­plaint by an­other pri­vate cit­i­zen over Mr. Hichilema’s con­tempt al­le­ga­tions which were sub­se­quently over­looked. “Your lady­ship, the con­tin­ued man­ner in which the Judges and the Con­sti­tu­tional Court is be­ing scan­dal­ized stems from per­cep­tion cre­ated among mem­bers of the pub­lic that the Court will not act against those who com­mit con­tempt against judges and the Court it­self and ap­pears to be a cal­cu­lated build up from the re­marks made by the UPND leader, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, who has gone scot-free.

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