PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
THE Lusaka Central Correctional Facility has asked the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court to order that United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema be taken back to Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility in Kabwe for security reasons.
In an affidavit filed yesterday by Lusaka Central Correctional Facility officer-in-charge Patrick Ng’onga in support of the summons to vary the court’s order, the facility says it is not as secure as Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility because of its location.
Mr Ng’onga states that it is within the mandate of the Zambia Correctional Service that the complainants are better kept at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility for their own and other remandees’ safety.
He says his office has the capacity to avail the accused persons to court from any location within the country as and when the court directs.
“I wish to apply to this honourable court to vary its order to the effect that the complainants should be availed before court as and when they are required to attend the proceedings and not to be remanded at Lusaka Central Correctional Facility. The correctional service is best suited to determine which correctional facility an accused person is to be lodged,” Mr Ng’onga says.
And magistrate Ireen Wishimanga has set tomorrow June 28, 2017 as the date for hearing the application.
Last week, the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court ordered that Hichilema and his five co-accused persons be remanded at Lusaka Central Correctional Facility to enable them to attend the court proceedings.
Magistrate Wishimanga said the six accused persons were required to be attending court proceedings on a regular basis until the matter before her is disposed of.
This is in a matter in which Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili had been summoned to appear before the magistrate’s court to answer to contempt of court allegations following a complaint filed by Hichilema and five others.
The accused were asking the court to cite reverend Sumaili for contempt of court over the statement attributed to her that Hichilema had pushed President Lungu against the wall by not recognising him as President of Zambia.
Meanwhile, a case in which Hichilema has dragged to court special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda, Daily Nation newspaper and its proprietor Richard Sakala for contempt of court comes up today.