Sakeni reacts to calls to impeach Sata

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 ALLEGATIONS OF IMPEACHMENT

Government finds it highly irresponsible for Mr. Dante Saunders to call for the impeachment of President Michael Sata over the appointment of the Chief Justice, as reported in today’s Daily Nation newspaper.

The call is shallow, researched and unfounded as there is no such an appointment that the President has made in the office of the Chief Justice.

In any case, constitutional appointments by the President, including that of the Chief Justice, are subject to rigorous scrutiny by relevant oversight institutions, including parliament.

The call for impeachment, therefore, does not arise as there are adequate safeguards in the appointment of constitutional office holders.

Mr. Saunders may wish to know that Parliament comprises men and women of high integrity as representatives of the people who perform their duties diligently as has been demonstrated in the past.

It is, therefore, mischievous for Mr. Saunders to insinuate that Parliament has been endorsing illegalities in the appointment of constitutional office holders by the Executive.

Mr. Saunders is advised to desist from dwelling on speculations and displaying his ignorance on issues he least understands.

Government also takes great exception to Mr. Saunders’ allegation that Government wants to use the Judiciary, the Police, Drug Enforcement Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission and other wings of Government to fix its perceived political opponents.

This is a fallacy which we dismiss with the contempt it deserves.

This Government has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the rule of law and separation of powers among the three arms of Government.

The Government, therefore, does not influence the operations of the Judiciary because we believe in a professional and independent Judiciary as seen in the fact that all suspects in the on-going corruption and Abuse of Authority cases are enjoying their full rights as provided for in the country’s legal and justice system.

Issued by:

HON. KENNEDY SAKENI, MP
MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON

4th February, 2013

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