President Michael Sata has advised Wynter Kabimba to resign instead of waiting to be fired or suspended.
Meanwhile rejected acting chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda has sworn in the tribunal that will investigate Kabimba.
Sata’ spokesperson George Chella has told Anadolu Agency the official news agency of Turkey that “the president has advised Mr. Kabimba to consider stepping down on his own accord and not to wait for him to either be suspended or dismiss him.’
But Kabimba told the same Turkish news agency that he has not yet received a letter from President Michael Sata advising him to step down to pave the way for a smooth investigation against him.
“I am yet to receive the letter from the president,” “As soon as I get it, possibly today, tomorrow or any other day in the coming week, I will make a decision,” Kabimba said.
“Not until then, I will remain in the office as Justice Minister,” he insisted.
“The legal opinion from the Solicitor General is but a catalyst to guide the court where some corrupt elements were found during the trial. As a party, we shall not spare any seat that was won fraudulently,” he told AA.
Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda has on Monday swore in the tribunal tasked with investigating Kabimba’s conduct after the Supreme Court established that the minister had used legal advice from the Solicitor-General’s Office to prop up the PF nullification cases.
Former Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa and Lusaka businessman Brebner Changala petitioned Mrs Justice Chibesakunda to establish a tribunal to investigate Mr Kabimba.
Mr Mulusa and Mr Changala want the tribunal to state whether Mr Kabimba abused his office by using Government information rendered by Solicitor-General Musa Mwenye to back up Patriotic Front cases attempting to block parliamentarians whose seats have been nullified by the Supreme Court.