John Sangwa wants Zambia to make bye elections expensive
…on MUVI TV appearance in wake of Kabwata saga
16th January 2022
State Counsel John Sangwa, a respected Lusaka lawyer has advised the political parties that are participating in the Kabwata bye election to sue the UPP candidate that pulled out of the poll at the last minute for compensation and damages.
SC Sangwa Says a suit is probably the only way that will deter others like him (Francis Libanda of UPP) in future from making expensive bad decisions’ that inevitably affect others in the race.
“The move by the Kabwata guy (Libanda) was Crazy,” SC Sangwa said, ~if he didn’t like what was going on he should have stayed home and stopped campaigning instead of messing things up for everyone. he must be sued and the rest of the players must claim compensation from him for the fiasco.” Sangwa said its time Zambia started maing wrong doing expensive or else what happened in Kabwata shall recur.
FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION
SC Sangwa has implored the ACC to halt any future arrests of suspects before exhausting investigations because it is embarrassing to arrest and detain people you have to later acquit.”
Sangwa described as “traumatic”, and “unjust” arresting and trying someone who is later proven innocent after soiling their names in the public eye.
“l was part of along seven-year corruption trial of President Frederick Chiluba that cost so much but proved nothing except hurting President Chiluba. That should never happen again unless you exhaust your probe and are ready for a conviction. Seven years is traumatic for anyone and it was traumatic for President Chiluba,” said SC Sangwa.
Sangwa advised ACC in future to, “investigate first and arrest later, not the other way round…its crazy and illegal to do that.”
SC Sangwa on Criminal Defamation of Raphael Nakachinda
Sangwa has advised the PF and other members of the Zambian society to petition the house (parliament) and seek an immediate repeal of the criminal defamation law that recently saw former minister Nakachinda detained for allegedly defaming President Hchilema without a charge under 24 hours.
Sangwa Said the unfortunate part currently is that the criminal defamation law remains law and breaking it is illegal, so the best thing is to revisit its repeal, 22 years after himself and partner Robert Simeza tried to have it scrapped but failed after going all the way to the Supreme Court. “The PF as an interested party must take up the matter of criminal defamation and seek its repeal from the books, it’s a bad law but it’s a law until its repealed. Maybe there will be a change of heart from the high court and supreme court after 22 years of our first attempt.”
Source: Muvi TV The Assignment