By Staff Reporter
I am ready for the court, says Chikondi Foundation chairperson Bishop John Mambo.
This follows summons for contempt served against Bishop Mambo by Chief Justice Irene Mambilima.
“I am ready for the Court. I am not shaken by the contempt summons because my conscious is free, believing that I did not commit any offence for writing a letter to the Chief Justice,” said Mambo.
Civil Society Constitution Agenda (CiSCA) has since expressed its extreme shock at the summons for contempt served against its Chairperson, Bishop John Mambo from Chief Justice Irene Mambilima.
Some of the NGOs that are members of CiSCA are: Action Aid Zambia, NGOCC, PANOS, Zambia Civic Education Association (ZCEA), Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD), GEARS Zambia, Zitukule, Chikondi Foundation and Operation Young Vote.
In a joint statement, the civil society groups stated that: “Regardless of the circumstances surrounding this summon, CiSCA understands that Bishop Mambo merely wrote a complaint letter against some judges to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), and served a copy on the Chief Justice, Irene Mambilima and Judicial Complaint Commission (JCC) on a case already disposed of by the courts.”
The civil society groups stated that Instead of summons for contempt, Bishop Mambo expected a response to the letter seeking the Chief Justice’s indulgence on the alleged unsatisfactory manner her officers are discharging their duties.
‘CiSCA is aware that Article 118 of the Republican Constitution provides an avenue for the judiciary to be accountable to the people and surprisingly, exercising one’s constitutional right has amounted to contempt of court,” read the statement in part.
“Further, in line with the constitutional mandate, under Article 236, given to any other citizen to question the work of judges by lodging a complaint to the Judicial Complaint Commission (JCC) as the judiciary is accountable not only to itself but to the citizens of Zambia, of which Bishop Mambo is bonafide member and was exercising his rights as provided for in the constitution.”
CiSCA expressed their extreme surprise that instead of a tribunal or a probe being set against those judges in question, Bishop Mambo is being cited for contempt for calling for their probe.
“This is unconstitutional and CiSCA will keenly follow this case to its logical conclusion and also see whether a constitutional breach is not about to be committed by the Chief Justice,” read a statement.
Bishop Mambo is this week, Tuesday, July 17, expected to appear before the Court.