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THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has suspended four lawyers from practicing and identified one student reportedly from the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) who it says has been masquerading as a lawyer when he is not a qualified legal practitioner.

According to letters written by the LAZ legal practitioners’ committee secretary for Midlands, Wilson Banda dated March 18, 2019, and addressed to the Chief Justice among others, the quartet are not allowed to appear before any court of law or tribunal and should not file court process until further notice.

Mr. Banda named the four as Ndala Makayi of N. Makayi & Associates, Mooka Mushemi of M. Mushemi Legal Practitioners, Makondo Simubala of Lennard Lane Advocates and Malisa Hehluli Bathakathi from Muyatwa Legal Practitioners.

He further ordered for the closure of M. Mushemi Legal Practitioners and N. Makayi & Associates since they were one-man entities and that Lennard Lane Advocates’ Lusaka branch be closed.

Meanwhile, the committee has also said Joseph Chilufya Banda, who is said to be a student at ZIALE, was masquerading as a professional when he did not have a practicing license.

“We have continued to receive constant complaints against Joseph Chilufya Banda, a “ZIALE student” who has been purporting to represent various members of the public as a legal practitioner.

“Our records indicate that Joseph Chilufya Banda is not a qualified legal practitioner within the meaning of the Legal Practitioners Act. This, therefore, services to notify all concerned that the said Joseph Chilufya Banda is not a legal practitioner and has no valid practicing certificate issued by this committee,” reads one of the letters in part.

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