Zambia to recruit High court and Supreme Court judges from India

Indian judges on the wayThe government through the Ministry of Justice is reported to be recruiting

Advertisements for the job have apparently been placed in the Indian Media some Indian lawyers have already submitted their CVs.

The Indian judges are expected to join a select few Zambians lawyers where CVs are being collected by some “friend of the system”

But a civil rights activist Brebner Changala wondered whether the removal of individuals in the judicial circles and replacing them with foreigners constituted reform.

He argued that the ministry should have first asked for the services of local practitioners before turning to foreign countries because Zambia had a cadre of well qualified practitioners to fill vacancies in both courts.

“It seems there is a process for judges perceived to be unfriendly to the ruling class should to be replaced those friendly to the government,” he said.

But when contacted Attorney General Mumba Malila said he was not aware of such an exercise being carried out by the ministry but said government was at liberty to recruit from outside the country.

He said government had the mandate to recruit foreign nationals who meet the required qualifications to fill in vacancies.

“There is nothing that can stop government from requesting the services of foreign nationals if government was in need of manpower because this has always been practised in this country,” Malila said.

Some judges have argued that judicial reforms should not be about changing personnel but about comprehensive changes and adjustments that would require the full involvement of the judiciary for a complete overhaul of the system.

“This should include improved case management, impartial appointment of judicial officer, a code of conduct and clear terms of service.”

Source: Daily Nation

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27 Responses to "Zambia to recruit High court and Supreme Court judges from India"

  1. Busy Bee   May 10, 2013 at 10:09

    Then let India also have Zambians as judges to balance the equation. The Judiciary was Zambianized a long time ago. We even have excess lawyers to export elsewhere as expatriates. Recruiting Indians qualifies to be actually DEFORMING the Judiciary!

  2. THE RUMBLER   May 10, 2013 at 07:43

    If the story is true, i fear to believe it.Zambia has produced lawyers of international standard and we have them in Zambia,very few have migrated to other countries.Why not recruit from among them than to go all the way to India.

    This is not the reform we were advocating for,We were asking for a judiciary Reform Commission of inquiry to go round the country and collect facts.From exprience,you cannot trust our colleagues from India they tend to be collupt and likely to please the people in authority.They cannot stand against the storm from PF,they will bore down.

    And out of all the countries, why go to India? Is it becos some high ranking PF officials receive their treatment from India and feel the JUdiciary reforms should be rolled up by Indians not the affected Zambians.This is meant to take us back to the era of UNIP and Kaunda and should never be intertained and accepted in modern Zambia.

  3. Movement for Multi-Doctors   May 10, 2013 at 07:41

    DeZambianisation! Guptaz to invade Lusaka. Awe Sata Mudala ni demon nshi ukwete-Indian herb

  4. Rusco   May 10, 2013 at 07:00


    • dexter   May 10, 2013 at 07:31

      You are wrong on this one, sorry. The main reason is something else. Corrupt Lawyers and politicians are in each and every country on earth.So…?

  5. Mundiku   May 10, 2013 at 06:42

    Amen. More money in the pocket, our pocket – oh sorry – their pocket.

  6. Kongwa   May 10, 2013 at 06:35

    We are in maningi trouble.

  7. dexter   May 10, 2013 at 05:56

    Now this is scary to say the least

  8. Kathienai   May 10, 2013 at 05:53


  9. Incompetent PF must GO...   May 10, 2013 at 05:33

    So is this what the judicial service commission is recomending to the President??? Or its the President who’s not following Procedure??? The National Assembly should not ratify the appointment of these judges! However, the National Assembly has PF in majority..this is why the executive should not meddle in the affairs of the judiciary..

  10. Incompetent PF must GO...   May 10, 2013 at 05:06

    This is very insulting! These chaps are slowly decaying this country.once they completely take over the courts then we are finished.

  11. locust   May 10, 2013 at 04:26

    Next will be president of Zambia imported from China, vice president from Malyasia, Minister of Finance from Vietnam, Health Minister from Cuba and Defence Minister from North Korea

  12. GLM   May 10, 2013 at 01:39

    English was improved by Zamhians now this! Iyee mwe bantu ! Kaya manje!

  13. FuManchu   May 10, 2013 at 01:29

    We should stop crying and embrace the nonsense we brought on ourselves, remember the invitation for Chinese workers recently and now Indians but if it were recruitment for jobs in the Ministry of Education for Sciences and Mathematics tuition I would have had a warm view towards government.

  14. blog   May 10, 2013 at 00:45

    Brining in judges from India is not a solution to our deep rooted, blind loyalty to the President and establishment.

    Buck stops with the President. He shall be a role model of integrity, fairness, father to the nation than party cadre and kaponya. He shall encourage and stimulate fair, fast and equitable judgements that benefit and respected by the masses.

    Pay well to Zambian judges, recruit the best and give them tools and freedom (without interference from the state- Can we overlook how Judge Chirwa is being treated for towing a line different from Mr. Sata’s)

    After 49 years of independence we are in reverse gear.

  15. Kalaba   May 9, 2013 at 22:15

    Lets hear the PF cadres talk here. Kaili u support anything. Have u seen what yo chi gov is doing.

  16. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz   May 9, 2013 at 21:53

    stones will cry out

  17. wodwala yakubu   May 9, 2013 at 21:19

    Corruption will be worse now, the local Indians have corrupted all systems here so it will be worse if Indian Judges are brought

  18. Kay   May 9, 2013 at 20:56

    So Chikopo was just a dyonkho?

  19. Sena   May 9, 2013 at 20:45

    This is an indication of lose of trust in Judiciary. Indians are all over corrupt people and what are we to expect from them? PF must be sued.

    Keith Mulevu’s song entitled “Ubuntungwa twalipoka” has come to be fulfilled. Mwebantu after 5 years of rule under PF, Zambia will be invaded by many foreign particles.

  20. leading inventions   May 9, 2013 at 20:44

    inferiority complex of a nation moving in reverse. When did Indians ever advertise for Zambians or indeed blacks to be their judges?

  21. Yaba   May 9, 2013 at 20:40

    What an INSULT to the judicial System!!

  22. NATIVE   May 9, 2013 at 20:18

    The judiciary has ably been run by Zambians. The qualification demanded to be a high court judge are very high in fact higher than those currently demanded for a Republican President who holds the highest public office in the land. WHY DON’T WE START WITH AN EXPATRIATE PRESIDENT FOR THE FUN OF IT THEN PROGRESSIVELY DESCEND DOWNWARDS WHILE WE ARE AT IT? Our lawyers have trained and helped set up most of the legal systems in the countries zambia helped liberate. Then we turn around and insult our own lawyers and judges? Are we going to see any end to all this circus?

  23. True Love   May 9, 2013 at 20:12

    Kupena fye uku imwe bantu….Zambia naipena! Awe mwe, I an mauless.

  24. Mpangula Mputyu   May 9, 2013 at 20:06

    Foreign doctors to treat Ukwa, now foreign judges not withstanding Judge Chikopa who will go away with stash of slush funds.

  25. Tekanya   May 9, 2013 at 19:50

    I really regret.

    • Kwalanga kasawelo   May 9, 2013 at 21:43

      Rodger that