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Lamba’s lawyers ask court to dismiss allegations against her

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
LAWYERS representing suspended Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) acting director general Ireen Lamba have asked the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court dismiss to the charges against her because the indictment is deceitful.
Lamba is charged with disobedience of statutory duty, breach of trust affecting the public and abuse of authority of office.
When the case came up for plea before magistrate Humphrey Chitalu, Lamba did not take plea because her lawyers raised the preliminary issue over the indictment.
They argued that the indictment was deceitful and that the State had misinterpreted the law.
Lamba also submitted through her lawyers that the offence with which she was charged refers to the substantive holder of the position and that she was merely acting as director general at the time she is alleged to have committed the offence.
But the prosecutors objected to the application on behalf of the State saying the indictment was straightforward and that Lamba’s lawyers were also adducing evidence at the bar.
Mr Chitalu reserved ruling on the preliminary issue.
It is alleged that Lamba disobeyed the law on discharging the duties of a legal practitioner by being a partner in a law firm while holding and performing the duties of director general of the ACC which is illegal.
In the second count, Lamba is between January 1 last year and January 11 this year in Lusaka alleged to have breached the trust affecting the public as a public officer.
She is alleged to have held out as if she had complied with the requirement not to discharge the duties of any other office of emolument in Zambia while holding the office and performing the functions of director general of the ACC.
In the third count, it is alleged that Lamba, between November 1, 2013 and January 11 this year in Lusaka, whilst acting with others unknown, as a public officer, wilfully abused the authority of her position.
She is alleged to have discharged the duties of a legal practitioner and being a partner in a law firm while holding and performing the function of director general of the ACC.
Her actions are alleged to have contravened section 9 (6) of the Anti-Corruption Act number 3 of 2012 as it is prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government of Zambia and the public.


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