Civil society tells Malawian judge to go back, rejects judicial reform based on bitterness and hatred

The Alliance for Good Governance (AGG) has expressed concern at the continued stay of Malawian judge Lovemore Chikopa in the country despite the tribunal he is supposed to preside over being suspended.
And the alliance says judicial reforms should be based on reason and objectivity  not bitterness and hatred.
The Alliance for Good Governance comprises six organizations namely, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP), the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the Operation Young Vote (OYV), the Zambia Federation of the Disabled (ZAFOD), 2410 and the Press Association of Zambia (PAZA).

Alliance chairperson Reverend Phukuta Mwanza observes that it will be better if Judge Chikopa returns to Malawi and follow the proceeds of the courts from there because he is only staying in Zambia at the expense of Zambian tax payers’ money.

Reverend Mwanza notes that once the case is disposed off by the courts of law and the tribunal becomes operational, he can return to Zambia and resume his assignment.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Reverend Mwanza says Judge Chikopa’s continued stay in the country is a contrast to government’s policy of prudent utilization of public resources.

He says in as much as the president has powers to appoint any judge from any region, it works against the PF’ s pronouncement of putting more money in the pockets of Zambians and is instead putting more money in the pockets of Malawians.

And alliance chairperson Phukuta Mwanza says the calls for the dissolution of the judiciary are unjustifiable stating that the move should be a last resort.

Reverend Mwanza says a complete sudden dissolution of the judiciary will only have far serious consequences on the huge number of cases currently in the various courts countrywide.

He says the alliance is in full support of judicial reforms but states that the approach should be handled with caution and objectivity and not bitterness and hate.

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