Sakeni fails to answer on illegality of Chibesakunda as Chief Justice

Republic of Zambia
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services

STATEMENT BY HON. KENNEDY SAKENI, MP, MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON CALLS BY UPND LEADER HAKAINDE HICHILEMA FOR ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE TO RESIGN IN 15 DAYS TIME.

Government wishes to dismiss calls by opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda to resign as reported in some sections of the media.

The calls are unnecessary and unfounded.

Mr Hichilema’s outbursts are not new. They are a manifestation of his deepening frustration and bitterness at his stalled political fortunes.

He is advised to address his personal and party leadership inadequacies instead of venting his anger on people and institutions such as the Judiciary.

The Acting Chief Justice is in office legally.

There is nothing that warrants her to resign in 15 days time as demanded by Mr Hichilema.

The Government, under the leadership of His Excellency President Michael Chilufya Sata re-affirms its commitment to the rule of law and the principle of separation of powers among the various institutions of the State in deepening and preserving the country’s democracy.

Hon. Kennedy Sakeni, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON

4th July, 2013

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