Mr. Hichilema says the PF Government seems to have abandoned the pledge for judicial reforms.
He says what is obtaining now, 22 months after the PF came to power, suggests that there is more rot in the Judiciary than at any other time in the history of Zambia.
The UPND leader says he has noticed with great concern that Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda has been acting for more than a year, which should not be the case.
Mr. Hichilema has reminded President Sata that the select committee of parliament appointed by the Speaker, comprising of all political parties rejected the appointment of Justice Chibesakunda.
He added that Zambians will not have confidence in the judiciary whose head is there illegally.
And UPND Deputy Secretary General, Kuchunga Simusamba says threats of contempt of court by acting registrar and director of court operations, Chilombo are a hindrance to the country’s democracy.
Mr. Kuchunga says the Judiciary, like any other arm of government is a public institution and must be open to public scrutiny.
He says judicial officials are public figures and there is nothing wrong for members of the public to express their own opinions on matters of great national importance.