Lusaka lawyer Gilbert Phiri
Lusaka lawyer Gilbert Phiri

Lots of respect and best wishes to Senior Counsel Gilbert Phiri on his deserved appointment as Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

When it was life threatening to even think of providing legal services to Present Hakainde Hichilema (Bally) under the Patriotic Front (PF) reign, Senior Counsels Gilbert Phiri and Keith Mweemba were brave enough to give it a go and with God on their side, managed to save Bally from the jews of the predatory PF judicial system in that 2017 trumped-up treason case.

Senior Counsels Phiri and Mweemba wrestled against the predetermined state position to find Bally wanting and convict him so that he could be disqualified from contesting the 2021 elections. During that trial, the nation saw an exceptional display of courage, calmness, and intelligence from defense counsels Phiri and Mweemba. This was not the only case the duo represented Bally, they also represented him when he was appearing at Luanshya Magistrate court on the alleged unlawful assembly and seditious practices case.

Counsel Phiri is a very qualified and experienced criminal defense lawyer with many years of professional practice. He is an Advocate of the High Court and holds a Bachelor of Law (LLb) degree from the University of Zambia and Master of Laws degree from De Monfort University in England. His career practise has seen him have stints with the National Legal Aid, Muleza and Company and PNP Advocates where he is a partner among others.

Senior Counsel Phiri is a right choice at the right time. More so, an outside person was needed at ACC considering the level of infiltration and damage that the PF has had on the institution. Without doubt, he has a huge task at ACC. He will not get it easy as he could face frustration from inside ACC but ultimately huge decisions like this had to be made. Having worked at ACC, I understand the environment better; it is a work environment best suited for strong, collected and tenacious persons like Mr. Phiri.

Congratulations Senior Counsel Gilbert Phiri on this deserved appointment.

Wishing you all the best in this noble role! 🎉👏

@The Falcon


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