Chief Justice Lodges Complaint on Attempts to Bribe ConCourt Judges
The Anti-Corruption Bureau-ACB-has received a complaint that sympathizers of the Democratic Progressive Party-DPP-have made attempts to bribe the five High court judges now sitting, putting together the verdict of the presidential election case.
Without giving details of the nature of the complaint, ACD Director General, Renneck Matemba, has acknowledged receipt of the complaint which we understand that was lodged by the country’s Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda, days ago.
“I can confirm that the Anti-Corruption Burea (ACB) received a written complaint from the Chief Justice on a matter related to the presidential election case that is pending judgment in the constitutional court,” Matemba told The Nation newspaper.
Matemba refused to diverge details of the complaint but stressed his office was probing this case and “other written complaints that we also received from different sources and interested stakeholders.
“You may wish to know that the complaints that the ACB received are not against any political party or any of the parties to the presidential election case, but against specific individuals,” he said.
Unconfirmed findings that Zodiak Online has made intimate that the complaint is against a veteran politician, a renowned businessman, some DPP die-hards and a judge who have tried to access the five constitutional court judges on this mission.
An officer from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions-DPP- confirmed to Zodiak Online that the five judges have since made their statements to ACB between Thursday and Friday last week on the matter. The public prosecution office was there.
Following the developments, the judges have demanded and have been given extra security to allow them work in a conducive environment as they prepare judgment.
We called spokesperson for the judiciary Agnes Patemba for her comment.
She told us “ No comment”.
The constitutional court judges; Ivy Kamanga, Hilly Potani, Redson Kapindu, Michael Tembo and Dingiswayo Madise have 21 days within which, they pledged, they hope to make public their determination of the presidential election contest.
On retreating for the exercise on December 20, 2019 the case judge president Potani said they envisaged that they would be able to work and produce their judgment within 45 calendar days.
Our count of the 45 days is that verdict will be by Monday, February 3rd, 2020.
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