Court adjourns Chiluba corruption judgment to Monday
JUDGMENT in the case where former president Frederick
Chiluba is charged with corruption has been adjourned again to Monday August 17,
2009. Chiluba's spokesperson Emmanuel Mwamba announced the adjournment around
09:15 hours this morning at the Lusaka magistrate's court complex.
court will not be sitting today, it will be sitting on Monday. The judgment has
been adjourned to Monday 09:00 hours, so we should come on Monday 09:00 hours,"
And in an interview outside the court building, Mwamba said Ndola
High Court deputy registrar Johns Chinyama, who is sitting as magistrate in the
Chiluba case, had indicated that he was not ready to pass the judgment
"He called all the lawyers to his chambers and announced that he was
not yet ready. So we don't know what that means, if it's him who is not ready or
the judgment. He just said I am not yet ready," Mwamba said.
Lusaka residents, some senior government officials and Chiluba's family members
this morning thronged the magistrate's court to witness the landmark judgment
involving the former Republican president.
This is a corruption case in
which Chiluba is charged with Access Financial Services Limited director
Faustine Kabwe and Aaron Chungu for theft of public servant involving about US
$500, 000 public funds. The case was closed in March this year.
in the case was initially set for July 20th and later suspended to today in
light of the consent judgment passed to allow Chiluba file his submissions out
of the court's time.