Cops summon Simeza over ‘conspiracy’
Police have summoned Lusaka lawyer
Robert Simeza (left) to help them with investigations in the Sajid Itowala
Informed sources yesterday disclosed that the police
investigations would border around conspiracy to murder Cyclone
Hardware proprietor Sajid Itowala.
“The police have summoned Mr Simeza to
appear at police headquarters tomorrow—[i.e. today morning]—around 10:00
hours,” the source revealed. “Mr Simeza has been summoned in order for him to
help the police with investigations on a possible charge of conspiracy to
And the source also disclosed that police are looking for former
president Frederick Chiluba’s spokesperson Emmanuel Mwamba in connection with
the alleged contemptuous anonymous
articles published on the Zambian Watchdog discussing Itowala’s
murder case, which is before judge Gregory Phiri.
“The police wanted Mr
Mwamba to appear today Monday for interviews but his wife told them that he was
out of town. So they just left a call-out with Mr Mwamba’s wife,” the source
Last week, judge Phiri ordered for a quick and thorough
investigation to identify the author and publisher of contemptuous and
scandalous articles that have been circulating on Zambian Watchdog on the Mathew
This followed an application by lawyers representing Mohan,
Bonaventure Mutale and Likando Kalaluka who asked the court to cite the author
and editor of an online publication, Zambian Watchdog, for contempt of court for circulating what
they termed to be not only scandalous but also totally prejudicial to the
The application was made during the continued hearing of
Inktech managing director Mathew Mohan’s case in which he is jointly charged
with Idris Patel and Shabia Patel for the murder of Itowala.
alleged that the trio last July carried out the alleged crime whilst acting
together with others unknown.
Ruling on the application, judge Phiri
granted the application saying it was serious contempt of his court.
ordered that the state through the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) as
prosecutors, all security wings and security operators involved in information
technology including Zambia Information Communications Technology Authority
(ZICTA) to investigate the matter.
“Once these people are identified, the
police must apprehend them and bring them forthwith to this court so that we
purge this contempt,” he said.
Judge Phiri said the offence had been
committed long after he warned journalists not to report on hearsay evidence
which was rejected by his court and was not put on record.
He also warned
all parties who would be involved in the investigations to be truthful and
Judge Phiri advised that any person possessing information
technology expertise would be at liberty to present information on the matter to
the DPP to make it known on record to his court.
“For now, we leave it as
we wait for investigations,” he said.
Judge Phiri asked the lawyers to
serve orders to ZICTA to ensure that the order fits in the compliance mechanism
as provided in the law.