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APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF JUSTICE: DOES ADVERTIZING THE JOB ADD ANY VALUE AT ALL?

Dear editor,

State Counsel John Sangwa has written a letter to President Bally to consider advertising the job of Chief Justice. Does such an approach add any value to the process of appointing a Chief Justice?

Based on the system in place, per Constitution of Zambia, advertising such a job adds no value at all. I am even shocked the suggestion is coming from a constitution expert who should know better than all of us.

Why am I saying advertising the job is a waste of time and resources?

The final decision by Parliament, on who is appointed, doesn’t depend on CVs of the persons whose names have been submitted for ratification.

In Parliament, ratification is done through voting. And voting in Parliament is done on partisan lines. So, when a political party with majority seats settles for a particular name, regardless the CVs of candidates, the party’s candidate is ratified.

In your view: will advertizing the job of CJ add any value?

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