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Courts orders Chilekwa be taken to UTH

By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

HIGH COURT Judge, Mwape Bowa has ordered that former President Edgar Lungu’s barber, Shebby Chilekwa, be admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) for medical attention.

Mr Chilekwa’s lawyers Makebi Zulu and Jonas Zimba immediately after the ruling proceeded and served the order on Deputy Inspector General of Police Operations, Milner Muyambango, at around 17:00 hours.

But by press time, Chilekwa had not been released and his lawyers were told to wait for the call from the Police. 

Judge Bowa signed the order after  Chilekwa through his lawyers, Makebi Zulu Advocates, applied to the Lusaka High Court that he receives medical attention following his alleged torture by State Police while in custody at an unknown location.

Despite the State opposing the application on the basis of typographical errors, the court granted the application.

“It is now and hereby adjudged that the application for an order to admit the applicant to hospital for medical attention, be and is hereby granted,” read the order.

And it is further ordered that the applicant should be taken to the University Teaching Hospital UTH in Lusaka forthwith in the presence of his lawyers. 

Addressing journalists after the ruling, Mr Zulu said it was disturbing that the State would oppose an application that borders on human rights.

“Although Mr Rae Hamoonga said he was not going to disclose where they have taken Chilekwa, this order means that they should bring him out immediately so that he is taken to UTH in the presence of his lawyers to seek medical attention,”  he said.

“ He has not been released but we have been told to wait for a call, so that we take him to UTH. We will wait,” he said.

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