Lusaka lawyer John Sangwa says the court documents which another lawyer Sakwiba Sikota tried to save on the new CEO of Zambezi Portland Andrew Kamanga to stop him from running the company has no effect.
And Sangwa says the ruling to cite Rajan Mahtani for contempt of court cannot be acted upon now because it depends on other instructions which the court still has to make.
This is in the on-going fight over Zambezi Portlands Cement between Rajan Mahtani with his lawyers and the Ventriligia family who have since been deported from Zambia.
The Ventriligia being represented by Sikota have gone to court in an attempt to cite Mahtani, his partners and lawyers for contempt of court.
The Venriligias state that Mahtani and his partners have taken over Zambezi Portlands despite a court injunction barring them from doing so and have even appointed a CEO -Kamanga.
Sakwiba Sikota has been trying to serve a court judgment on Kamanga but has been barred by the police. See the documents here
But Mahatni’s lawyer John Sangwa says the papers that Sikota is trying to give Kamanga are invalid and that Kamanga should just continue to work as boss of ZPC.
According to ‘advisory notes’ to his clients and seen by the Watchdog, Sangwa said:
‘I have read the Ruling of the Court dated 28th December 2012, which the Plaintiffs’ lawyers attempted to serve on Mr. Kamanga today. The same has no effect whatsoever. It is a product of an application made for the inclusion of the Inspector General of Police and Mr. Kamanga as contemnors.
‘The inclusion of the IG and Mr. Kamanga was refused by the Court but the inclusion of Dr. Mahtani was allowed.
‘However, the ruling is subject to the ruling of the Court made on 27th December 2012, in which the Court said that the committal proceedings will stay in abeyance until further order of the Court. It follows that until the Court makes an order or gives further directions pursuant to its own Ruling of 27th December 2012, we have nothing to worry about and Mr. Kamanga must continue to run ZPC as planned.’