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…don’t heed attempts to circumvent course of Justice


SUGGESTIONS and attempts to circumvent the course of justice  should be condemned by all Zambians, PF presidential hopeful, Chishimba Kambwili has cautioned.

Mr Kambwili said to suggest an overhaul of judiciary or any attempts to interfere with the work of the judiciary was wrong because this executive arm of government was independent and working very well.

He said while there might be one or two bad eggs, it would be wrong to paint everyone with the same brush.

Mr Kambwili said demands from the UPND youth wing to overhaul the judiciary is unfortunate and should be condemned in the strongest terms.

He also condemned suggestions from some foreign cleric   inciting President Hakainde Hichilema to show some dictatorial tendencies and sort out the judiciary if he wants to succeed.

A Nigerian cleric, also known as Prophet seer 1 who prides himself as the chief advisor to the UPND leadership, has in a Facebook post, encouraged President Hichilema to use dictatorial powers to sort out the  Judiciary  which he alleges had proven that they were not sharing the same vision with him.

“Just like Paul Kagame of Rwanda, it’s time for you to throw away your gloves and unleash a little bit of dictatorship, believe me, the youths will understand,” the embattled preacher wrote.

But Mr Kambwili said government needed to condemn such statements most especially that it was coming from a person who claimed to be cleric and their supporter.

 “They might be one or two judiciary members that may misbehave but to say there should be a complete overhaul is unfortunate and should be condemned in the strongest terms,” Mr Kambwili said.

He said the judiciary over time had proved to be a very transparent organ devoid of any interruption and that people like the embattled Nigerian cleric should not  be condoned by all well-meaning Zambians.

He said it was wrong for the Nigerian to even talk about affairs that did not even relate to his country and that he needed to be tamed because he was fanning confusion.

The self-proclaimed prophet said President Hichilema should not expect someone employed or appointed by former president  Edgar Lungu to be loyal to him and that it was just pretence therefore he needed to act.

Meanwhile, the Zambia Republican Party has recently condemned  revelations that some government officials are allegedly plotting to subvert the course of justice, according to an audio circulating on social media.

In a recent interview, Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) president, Wright Musoma, said it was disappointing that the people who are supposed to uphold the constitution were in the forefront of abrogating it.

He said, he was shocked to come across an audio circulating on social media, pointing to a conspiracy to get Patriotic Front (PF) and former government officials facing corruption charges, jailed.

He explained that according to the audio, part of the plan was to use some compromised judiciary staff and in one particular case, “there was mention of a magistrate who wants promotion.”

Last year, a similar audio surfaced in which two senior government officials were heard plotting to subvert the course of justice to fix the Democratic Party (DP).

 Meanwhile,   PF chairperson for publicity and information Raphael Nakacinda says the party was aware of a State   plot to have almost all the senior PF members locked up.

And in a recent Facebook post,  Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) leader Sean Tembo said President Hakainde Hichilema claims to have restored the rule of law and yet he is busy discussing cases still actively before the courts and convicting accused persons even before trial begins.

Mr Nakacinda said he was not even shocked because he had known for a long time that State House was calling the shots.

He said he prayed that the judiciary would not be compromised at any point and that he was confident that justice would prevail at the end of the day.

 And economist and UPND member Trevor Simumba recently cautioned government against sending wrong signals to the IMF through scandals and bad decisions which could be deemed as undemocratic.

In recent media reports, Mr Simumba advised President Hakainde Hichilema to reset his government to show that he believes in the rule of law, accountability and transparency.

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