Zambia: Banda Discontinues M’membe, Kabimba Contempt Case

Fourth Republican president Rupiah Banda has instructed his lawyers to discontinue a contempt case brought against Post Newspaper editor Fred M’membe and his political ally Wynter Kabimba.

President Banda says he wanted to promote peace in the country and therefore found no reason to continue with the case especially that he was acquitted of all allegations before court on whose material M’membe and Kabimba made contemptuous remarks.

BELOW IS A STATEMENT FROM PRESIDENT BANDA’S OFFICE

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

As the nation heads to the 11th August, 2016 general elections, I once again wish to call upon all fellow Zambians to ensure that we preserve the peace and unity of our land during the elections and after.

It is in this spirit that I have issued instructions to my lawyers-Messrs Keith Mweemba Advocates,Messrs PNP Advocates and Makebi Zulu Advocates to forthwith set in motion the process of discontinuing the criminal prosecution of Mr.Wynter Kabimba the President of the Rainbow Party, Mr. Fred Mmembe ,the Editor – in Chief of The Post Newspaper Limited and The Post Newspaper Limited respectively, currently pending before the subordinate court.

I wish to state that I have freely come to this decision principally because I was acquitted of all the criminal charges I was facing before the subordinate courts in Lusaka. My decision has also been prompted by the restoration of the immunity I enjoy as a former President of this wonderful nation. The nation may wish to recall that it was while I was facing very serious, and I must add trumped-up charges, that Mr. Wynter Kabimba and Mr. Fred Mmembe chose to comment adversely on matters that were before the courts, in other words sub-judice. This had the undesired effect of prejudicing my defence while criminal proceedings were ongoing. I was left with no option but to take legal action to preserve my name and ensure that my defence and constitutional rights to a fair trial were not undermined and prejudiced.

In conclusion, I hope that the two legal teams representing me and the accused will conclude this matter in accordance with my desire. This country needs peace and love to move on to development and prosperity.

Thank you

Source: Zambia Reports.