Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Kabimba Tribunal was predetermined – FODEP

The Foundation for Democratic Process says the Wynter Kabimba tribunal was predetermined as the Justice Minister refused to step down during the probe.

FODEP Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi said the arrogance exhibited by Kabimba had compromised the credibility of the process.

Chipenzi said the presence of Kabimba at his office during the probe may have scared some potential witnesses at the ministry.

He said the exercise had proved academic as the tribunal was not critical.

“We feel that the tribunal did not achieve anything because Wynter Kabimba should have stepped aside during the probe so that in case there were witnesses coming from the Ministry of Justice where he is the head they should have had to testify freely,” he said.

“By him still being there it means that the process was pre-determined and that is why he stayed on and did not honestly expect to be penalized.”

The Evans Hamaundu tribunal handed over their report on Thursday and cleared Kabimba completely with the petitioners labeling the process bogus.

Kabimba was dragged before the tribunal for abusing his ministerial position to obtain a legal opinion from the Solicitor General Musa Mwenye that he used for a Patriotic Front legal matter.

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