DPP adopts Courts’ stance on HH cor­rup­tion charges

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DI­REC­TOR of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion (DPP) Lil­lian Siyunyi has adopted the dis­cre­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court not to re­act to UPND pres­i­dent Hakainde Hichilema’s al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion against judges of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court. Mr Hichilema re­cently al­leged that Con­sti­tu­tional Court judges Palan Mu­londa, An­nie Si­tali and Mun­geni Mu­lenga were cor­rupt and were un­der the con­trol of Pres­i­dent Lungu. Ms Siyunyi, re­spond­ing to a let­ter ad­dressed to her of­fice by a Lufwanyama res­i­dent Henry Chilombo who asked the DPP to in­quire and in­ves­ti­gate Mr Hichilema’s al­le­ga­tions, said she had noted Mr Chilom­bos’ let­ter but that the re­marks com­plained of were di­rected at the Con­sti­tu­tional Court which was part of the ju­di­ciary. She said the Con­sti­tu­tional Court had used its dis­cre­tion not to take up the mat­ter and that her of­fice re­spected the dis­cre­tion of that court and would adopt the po­si­tion.In Au­gust, Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Mervin Mwanamwambwa also ac­knowl­edged re­ceipt of Mr Chilombo’s com­plaint against the UPND Leader and won­dered why the Con­sti­tu­tional Court had not charged Mr Hichilema with con­tempt of court. Judge Mwanamwambwa said the pro­ce­dure on con­tempt of court was that it was the court or the ad­ju­ca­tor at­tacked or in­sulted who should sum­mon and charge the cul­prit with con­tempt of court. He said it was not for the Chief Jus­tice, the Deputy Chief Jus­tice or the Supreme Court to make an in­quiry into the mat­ter.

Hakainde Hichilema

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