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COURT WARNS DEFIANT UPND CADRES

COURT WARNS DEFIANT UPND CADRES
By ROGERS KALERO
THE CHILILABOMBWE Magistrate Court has ruled that the injunction granted to the 16 mealie meal traders to restrain the ruling UPND cadres from stopping them or interfering with their business in Konkola township is still intact and no UPND cadre should interfere with their operations.
This means that the 16 mealie meal traders must freely conduct their businesses without being stopped or interfered with by the UPND cadres and that if any UPND interferes with their business, the traders were free to seek the court intervention again.
The Court has also ruled that UPND Chililabombwe District Chairman Timothy Musonda should appear in court to answer contempt of court charges on November 4, 2021.
This is a case where Mr Musonda is alleged to have ignored a court injunction which was obtained by 16 mealie meal traders restraining UPND cadres from interfering with their business in Konkola Township.
The Court made the ruling yesterday after the parties concerned were summoned for hearing of an application on behalf of the plaintiff to grant leave to commence contempt of court proceedings against the defendant , his servants or any other persons for reasons sufficiently stated in the Affidavit in support filed hereof.
In delivering the ruling, the court ruled that the injunction granted to the 16 mealie meal traders to restrain the ruling UPND cadres from stopping them or interfering with their business in Konkola township, was still intact.
The court also ruled that UPND Chililabombwe District Chairman Timothy Musonda should appear in court to answer contempt of court charges on November 4, 2021.
Last week, the Magistrate’s Court issued an order for leave to commence contempt of court proceeding against UPND Chililabombwe Mr Musonda for ignoring a court injunction which was obtained by 16 mealie meal traders restraining UPND cadres from interfering with their business in Konkola Township.
On Monday, October 4, 2021, the Chililabombwe Magistrate Court granted an interim injunction to the 16 mealie meal traders to restrain the ruling UPND cadres from stopping them or interfering with their business in Konkola Township of Chililabombwe district.
But the UPND cadres continued to stop or interfere with the business of the 16 traders forcing them to complain to the court over the UPND cadres decision to ignore the court injunction.
Mr Musonda said the injunction was a waste of time and money because he was not responsible for the authorisation of traders in mealie meal in Chililabombwe, saying there was task force headed by the DAO.
In response, the court decided to issue an order for leave to commence contempt of court proceeding against Mr Musonda for ignoring a court injunction which was obtained by 16 mealie meal traders restraining UPND cadres from interfering with their business in Konkola Township.

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