ONGING SHAME IN JUDICIARY: DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE OPTS TO RETIRE
Acting Deputy Chief Justice Florence Mumba is so embarrassed and ashamed at the recent happenings in the Judiciary and has since refused to get an extension of her contract but opted to remain with a bit of dignity by retiring. A source from within the Judiciary has disclosed that Mrs. Mumba is so embarrassed on the way the judiciary has been handling cases involving election petitions especially the recent nullification of Kasenengwa parliamentary seat. The source said Mrs. Mumba who was one of the five justices who presided over the Kasenengwa petition was of the view that her boss Lombe Chibesakunda was not supposed to preside over the case because Victoria Kalima whose seat was nullified was one of the members of the parliamentary select committee that refused to ratify Chibesakunda’s name.
“The Deputy Chief Justice Madam Florence Mumba is so embarrassed at how the judiciary is being run. She is also one those who have made bad decisions in the past but she wants to remain with some grain of integrity so she has refused to get a new contract and resolved to retire. She is retiring by the end of January 2014″ the source said.
The source said Justice Florence Mumba has since written to President Michael Sata informing him of her decision.
“She has already written to the President and very soon you will hear a new name of Deputy Chief Justice of course you will be the first to know” the source said.
But to save face, Sata may reject Mumba’s decision and pressure to stay on till waters have stabilised.
Before Sata and his PF came into power and messed careers of distinguished judges by turning them into cadres, Justice Florence Ndepele Mwachande Mumba was a very respectable judge of international repute.
She has held judicial office since 1980. She was the first woman to be appointed High Court Judge in Zambia.
After eight years as High Court Judge, she was appointed to the Office of Investigator General (Ombudsman) in 1989, whilst holding this office, she served as Director on the International Ombudsman Institute Board where she was elected Vice-President of the Board until 1996. Justice MUMBA served on the UN Commission on the Status of Women from 1992 to 1995; she participated in the formulation of resolutions to characterize rape as a war crime. In 1997, she was appointed Supreme Court Judge and was elected Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague where she also served as Vice-President from 1999 to 2001. From 2003 to 2005, Justice MUMBA served as Judge of the Appeals Chamber in the ICTY and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). From August 2008 to January 2011 she served as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
She was also appointed as reserve judge of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).
The ECCC was a special UN court that was established to try leaders of Khmer Rouge, a brutal regime led by Pol Pot and.
The Khmer Rouge regime took power on 17 April 1975 and was overthrown on 7 January 1979. At least 1.7 million people are believed to have died from starvation, torture, and execution and forced labour during this period of 3 years, 8 months and 20 days.