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 2009-06-24 06:51 pm Back to NEWS
Chibanda's Lawyers Summoned



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HE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has summoned former Finance and National Planning permanent secretary, Stella Chibanda's lawyers over their conduct in relation to a court case.

High Court deputy director of court operations Edward Musona referred lawyers Nicholas Chanda and Edgar Lungu to the LAZ to examine their conduct after they failed to appear in court to defend their client without any convincing excuse.

Mr Musona previously warned the lawyers in the same case for failing to appear in court.

LAZ executive secretary, Edward Sakala said in a letter to Mr Musona and copied to Mr Chanda and Lungu that the court proceedings in the matter should proceed pending its report.

The letter said the legal practitioners committee had sat in Ndola on June 19 but the matter could not take off due to short notices given to the respondents' advocates who were unable to attend the hearings.

Meanwhile, Chibanda yesterday got emotional prompting the court to adjourn the matter for a few minutes to allow her regain composure.

This is in a matter in which Chibanda is jointly charged with former Finance minister Katele Kalumba, former director of budget Boniface Nonde, former chief economist Bede Mpande, former secretary to the treasury Benjamin Mweene and Access Financial Services (AFS) directors Faustine Kabwe and Aaron Chungu.

The seven are facing 21 charges of theft by a public officer contrary to section 29 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as read with section 41 of the ACC Act number 42 of 1996.

Chibanda got emotional during cross examination by Task Force prosecutor, Mutembo Nchito.

Mr Nchito told Chibanda that he would be polite in the manner he conducted his cross examination but she got upset and responded that she was also being polite in her answers.

Mr Musona adjourned the matter for 10 minutes to allow Chibanda time to settle down and advised her not to be annoyed in court because she risked losing track.

Mr Nchito had asked Chibanda if she had received the 2,500 pounds appearing in count eight but she said she received $2,000.

At this point the prosecutor told her that he would be polite in his cross examination but Chibanda got incensed and said she was also being polite in her answers because it was in court.

Earlier, Chibanda told the court that there was no inducement in the defaulted commercial agreement negotiations signed by her co-accused person, former secretary to the treasury Mweene.

Chibanda said Mweene signed that agreement in his capacity as secretary to the treasury on behalf of the Government and no inducement was done.

Mr Nchito asked Chibanda how possible it was for Mweene to sign for a defaulted agreement and she said signatories to the agreements were not part of the negotiating team.

Chibanda told the court that she could not remember how old her son Regis was when he first went for studies. Defence continues tomorrow.


 
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