The case of Savenda Management Services Limited v Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited and Gregory Chifire is significant in that it raises the question whether Zambian judges have virtually unbridled power to move on their own motion to punish for contempt of court any person who criticises their judgements. In addition, the case reinforces the traditional struggles associated with distinguishing civil from criminal contempt, the consequences of which are entirely based on the distinction. The case is also important as it exposes inadequate sentencing guidelines in Zambian contempt laws, the effect of which has led to excessive and unwarranted sentences. A six-year-old custodial sentence for scandalizing the court by the Supreme Court in this case was both excessive and unnecessary, albeit the Court’s wide jurisdiction.
"Savenda Management Services Limited v Stanbic Bank Zambia Limited and Gregory Chifire Selected Judgment No. 47 of 2018,"
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