PRESIDENT SATA ON JUDGE PHILLIP MUSONDA’S REQUEST FOR EARLY RETIREMENT
LUSAKA, Friday, May 11, 2012 – His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of
the Republic of Zambia, has decided to make the letter containing suspended Supreme Court
judge Phillip Musonda’s application for early retirement public.
The President said he has acted in this manner to insulate the general public from lies and
distortions being permeated by some irresponsible media houses with strange agenda.
“My principal obligation is to be guardian of public interest and it is therefore my duty to
correct falsehoods, twists and misrepresentation of facts by certain deceitful elements and
authors of disorder within our political circles and beyond,” President Sata said.
“This Government is committed to follow the due of the law and no amount of sabre rattling
will stop our national agenda of bringing transparency and accountability in all arms of
governance. Ours is a contract with the people and we will end at nothing to accomplish
On judge Musonda’s request for early retirement, President Sata said he would only consider
the application after the tribunal has sat.
“I have set up a tribunal as distinctly approved by the Constitution of Zambia and we shall
not circumvent that process. For that reason, I will only consider his Lordship Phillip
Musonda’s request for early retirement after the tribunal’s findings,” President Sata said.
“All those who are interested in this matter should allow the tribunal to sit and therefore
uphold the due process of the law before resorting to wild media speculations.”
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS