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