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‘We met Milingo but not to clinch any deals’

By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

ATTORNEY General Mulilo Kabesha has submitted that indeed the Solicitor General met former Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) Liquidator Milingo Lungu to amicably engage the petitioner for the purpose of him to relinquish his position as provisional liquidator.

And the State has cross petition demanding that the Constitutional Court declares illegal the purported immunity dated March 22, 2022, granted to Mr Lungu as it is against public interest and an abuse of the court process.

It also wants the said immunity agreement declared unconstitutional and the hearing of the petition expedited.

Mr Kabesha said through an affidavit denied that the state agents bargained for the granting of criminal immunity to the petitioner or dropping the criminal charges against Mr Lungu.

The Attorney General who was responding to a petition in the Constitutional Court by former KCM Provisional Liquidator who had petitioned him including the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Administrator General and investigating officer Boyd Munalula.

He said that there was no letter from any member of government instructing the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to enter into an immunity agreement with the petitioner.

The Attorney General submitted that at no time did they solicit or promise the purported immunity agreement with the petitioner.

Mr Kabesha indicated that they were not aware about the said immunity agreement and it was never brought to their attention and only discovered its existence from the court documents forming part of the petition.

The Attorney General argued that according to article 180(4) of the constitution of Zambia it did not allow the DPP to enter into immunity agreements as that was the preserve of the president or former presidents under Article 98(4) of the constitution of Zambia.

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