This is typical of how the PF have manipulated the judiciary as this is all against the law. Suffice it to say that under the constitution, especially under Article 18, an accused person has a right to retain counsel of his/her choice. If 100 lawyers are retained by accused persons, it is the duty of the Judiciary to facilitate the attendance of counsel and not to constrict the numbers by issuing limited accreditation cards. The Judiciary is being complicit in attempting to violate and undermine the rights of the accused persons. Their actions are unacceptable and should not and will not be tolerated!
Further, in this day and age, people cannot be told not to enter court without iPads, laptops etc! These are the tools that lawyers use in court. They stopped using pens a long time ago! They can’t be told not to use modern gadgets. From who is the Judiciary taking instructions?
It is clear that the fear of whomever the Judiciary is taking instructions from is the real time reporting of events in court by journalists. It is clear that the forces instructing the Judiciary want this to be a “secret trial”! These draconian measures do not cast the Judiciary in good light. It appears there is a hidden executive hand dictating these unreasonable and draconian measures to them!
Further, the public cannot be stopped from accessing a court of law during criminal trial. Court is supposed to be held in the open. If space is unavailable, nothing stops the trial from being televised live on radio and television, including social media because of the public interest that it has generated.
The state have persecuted, abused, humiliated Hakainde Hichilema and his co-accused and now, working with the Judiciary, they want to restrict his defence team, gag the media and keep away the public from court and conduct a “secret trial”! Sorry this Judicial anarchy and impudence is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated !!