President Michael Sata has appointed justices Evans Hamaundu and Albert Wood as Supreme Court judges.
You remember we told you Hamaundu is a former classmate of Wynter Kabimba and he is the one chairing the tribunal against Kabimba? You think this is a coincidence?
And do you know that Albet Wood is the judge who was handling the K14 billion case involving Fred M’membe and Zambia Airways?
We once told you that M’emebe has given Sata a list of lawyers to appoint as judges. Sata has finally endorsed them.
They will still be required to be ratified by the National Assembly.
But do you know who is in charge of the National Asembly, Patrick Matibini, Membe’s former lawyer and close friend. That is the gut who will chose the committee to scrutinise the appointees.
M’emebe, through Sata President Sata has also appointed Betty Mung’omba, Chilombo Phiri, Mwila Chitabo, William Mweemba and Charles Chanda to serve as High Court judges.
“In accordance with Article 93(2) of the Republican constitution, Cap 1 of the laws of Zambia, the President has appointed Hon Mr Justice Evans Mweebani Hamaundu and Hon Mr Justice Albert Mark Wood to serve as Supreme Court judges,” according to documents from the Clerk of the National Assembly and obtained by The Post.
“In accordance with Article 95(1) of the Republican Constitution, Cap 1 of the laws of Zambia, the President has appointed Hon Judge Betty Mwaka Majula Mung’omba, Mrs Chilombo Maka Phiri, Mr Mwila Chitabo, Mr William Smith Mweemba; and Mr Charles Chanda to serve as puisne judges.”
The parliamentary select committee appointed to scrutinise the Presidential appointment has since requested the Ministry of Justice to furnish it with background information on the suitability of the appointees to serve in the positions they have been appointed to.
Justice minister Wynter Kabimba will be required to appear before the committee on February 12, 2014 to orally brief the committee on his written submission.