MINISTER of Foreign Affairs Hon. Joseph Malanji has expressed hope that Malawi would continue to uphold peace following the recent general elections.
Speaking when he held a bilateral meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Francis Kasaila, Hon Malanji stated that all stakeholders in Malawi are urged to follow the due process of the law and encouraged to resolve any perceived conflict using established institutions in the country.
Zambia and President Edgar Lungu currently holds the position of Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.
Hon Malanji stated that Zambia and Malawi were sister republics and shared common cultural, social and economic ties.
And Malawi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Kasaila stated that he was taking time to brief the region on matters occuring back home and expressed hope that the people of Malawi would resolve any matter of concern using sovereign institutions grown over the years.
Hon Malanji is representing President Edgar Lungu at the 12th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State in Nihamey, Niger.
This is according to a statement issued by Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary Press&Tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Magistrate Simusamba gravely misdirected himself when he convicted me, Chishimba Kambwili says
OPPOSITION National Democratic Congress (NDC) party leader Chishimba Kambwili has appealed against his one year jail sentence in the High Court.
In a notice of appeal filed in the Lusaka High Court, Kambwili has argued that magistrate David Simusamba gravely misdirected himself both in law and fact when he convicted him of forgery and uttering a false document against the weight of evidence on record.
He contends that the trial magistrate also erred in both law and fact when he imposed a punitive sentence, basing the conviction and sentence mainly on the erroneous finding that the appellant, had shown no respect for the court, an issue that was not subject of trial before him.
He further argued that the lower court erred when it held that the appellant and some of his lawyers had no respect for the court and that he lied to the court over his COVID-19 positive test result when the same court had subpoenaed medical practitioners at its own instance, whose testimony went unchallenged and confirmed that he had Coronavirus.
“This shows the learned trial magistrate’s partiality, disposition and prejudice against him,” reads the notice in parts.
Kambwili also claims that magistrate Simusamba erred when he declined to recuse himself and proceeded to hear the matter and convicted him, notwithstanding the fact that he had accused him of trying to bribe the court, which led him to sue the trial magistrate for defamation.
“The magistrate erred in fact and law when he refused to refer the case to the High Court for determination of whether his constitutional right to a fair trial before an independent and impartial court had been, was being and was going to be infringed as a result of his refusal to recuse himself,” reads the notice.
And Kambwili’s Musa Mwenye has filed summons for bail pending appeal before magistrate Simusamba who has scheduled the bail hearing for Monday next week.
Meanwhile, magistrate Simusamba earlier declined to entertain Kambwili’s bail application dated October 14, 2020 because it was incompetently before him.
Last week, Magistrate Simusamba convicted Kambwili for 12 months imprisonment with hard labour for two counts of forgery and uttering a false document which will run concurrently.
JUST IN: Chishimba Kambwili Denied Bail
LUSAKA principal resident magistrate David Simusamba orders that National Democratic Congress (NDC) party president Chishimba Kambwili should continue serving his jail term as if there is no notice of appeal.
This was after magistrate Simusamba in his ruling found that the notice of appeal filed on October 14, 2020 is irregular.
Police stop ZNBC from streaming LIVE on Facebook at the Lusaka Magistrates Court
ZNBC reporter Katwishi Bwalya has been harassed at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for filming.
Police officers grabbed Bwalya’s phone as he was streaming live.
He however, told the police that he was live which sent them into panic.
Police officers who earlier, led him outside the court premises, demanded for his identity card.
Later, Bwalya was allowed inside and an officer was seeing patting him on the back while telling him that it was a small misunderstanding.