Mabenga says arbitrary suspension of 3 judges is meant to protect certain partisan interests

The movement for multi democracy MMD has expressed shock on the suspension on three high court judges by President Michael Sata.
MMD acting president Michael Mabenga says that the manner in which the decision was made raises serious questions on the judicial process in Zambia.

Mr. Mabenga says decisions regarding the suspension of judges are of great magnitude and are exceptionally rare.

He says that such drastic decisions are only fearfully entertained after thorough reflection and due consideration of all possible harmful effects they will have on the system of arbitration.

He says that while the MMD believes in an aggressive fight against corruption is necessary and that judicial reform is required, arbitrary and fragmented executive decisions should not be taken that give the impression that the president is seeking to protect certain stakeholders partisan interest in disregard of the integrity of the bench.

Mr. Mabenga says that though the MMD might not be privy to the full facts regarding the cases itemized as a term of reference for the said tribunal, the party believes that the hurried nature and timing of the action taken leads itself to suspicion that they are other fundamental wrongs and injustices that may be committed as a result of the presidential decision.

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