Mutati rubbishes Daily Mail story, says he agrees with opposition on suspension of Judges

Mutati rubbishes Daily Mail story, says he agrees with opposition on suspension of Judges

OFFICIAL REACTION TO THE ZAMBIA DAILY MAIL STORY, MONDAY, MAY 8, 2012

The story item published in the Zambia Daily Mail dated Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 has poorly covered what my statement sought to address in the statement I sent to you on Monday. The coverage has also failed to admit that both your journalist and your newspaper misrepresented my position on the said topic as leader of the Opposition in Parliament. It is also hidden in another story and only pops up as a ‘by the way’.

As stated in yesterday’s statement, I did respond to the story carried out on Monday, May 7, 2012 in the Zambia Daily Mail’s front page and directly the paragraphs referring to what the author of the story thought was my position on the matter, I wish to state my position which was misrepresented in the said article. At no time then and now have I spoken to anyone from the Daily Mail on the said story.

I am not privy to the source of the said story and it does not represent my position on the matter.

As leader of Opposition in Parliament, I do not take individual positions without consulting my colleagues and the respective expertise Zambia is endowed with in the Opposition. My position on the matter remains the same as that of my party the MMD and agreed upon by the Opposition Parties during a Joint Press Conference by Presidents of Opposition Parties on the Suspension and Trial by Tribunal of Judges on 3rd May 2012.

The judiciary is a critical arm of government whose interface with other arms of Government remains the heartbeat of Zambia’s well-being.

As such, those of us in the Opposition discern the awesome responsibility to uphold, support, defend and cherish the Judiciary’s independence and integrity.

Going forward, I would urge that in matters representing my position on key national issues; the author will have the courtesy to consult with me before any publication of such story.

Hon. Felix C. Mutati, MP

Dated: 8th May 2012 and Issued in Lusaka, Zambia

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