Chikopa to stay -govt

Sat, 25 Aug 2012 12:43:17 +0000

Government has said that Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa will remain in the country until the judicial review matter in the Courts is concluded.

Three Judges namely Charles Kajimanga, Nigel Mutuna and Philip Musonda have challenged their suspension in the courts of law by President Micheal Sata thereby stalling the sittings of the tribunal appointed to probe them.

Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni said that the nation should not worry about government’s expenditure on Judge Chikopa.

Mr. Sakeni said that the Zambian government invited the Malawian Judge into the country and will out of courtesy take care of him whilst in Zambia.

In an exclusive interview with QFM, Mr. Sakeni said that people should realize that running a government is not cheap.

He said that government needs to exhaust all available avenues for the matter to be handled in a transparent manner.

Mr. Sakeni, who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said that Zambians should be fair and respect what Judge Chikopa is in the country for.

The Chief Government Spokesperson wondered why the engagement of the Malawian Judge to head a tribunal to probe the judges has become an issue when even Zambians are engaged by other countries for similar tasks yet no eye brows are raised.

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