Just last week during press freedom day, the government controlled media were shouting loud how they have been liberated from government shackles and how they could now report professionally. But look below how the government media diluted and distorted opposition leader Elais Chipimo’ statement issued yesterday:
ZNBC: Chipimo nods President’s stance
Opposition National Restoration Party -NAREP – President Elias Chipimo says he has no problem with a junior Judge presiding over the tribunal set up by President Michael Sata to probe three suspended Zambian judges.
Mr. Chipimo says the issue is not professional but protocol because any High Court Judge has the ability to preside over any tribunal.
He was speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka.
Mr. Chipimo has noted that the tribunal will be able to clear the air on possible corruption within the judiciary.
A letter of appointment was delivered to Malawian High Court Judge Lovemore Chikopa who will chair the tribunal set up to investigate three Zambian judges for alleged professional misconduct.
President Sata’s special envoy Edger Lungu delivered the letter of appointment to Judge Chikopa at his office in Lilongwe .
Mr Lungu who is Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice-President told Justice Chikopa that he was tasked to deliver the letter of appointment which includes the terms of reference.
Last week, President Sata suspended Supreme Court Judge Philip Musonda along with High Court judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna and consequently constituted a tribunal to investigate their alleged misconduct.
ZANIS,THE PF GOVERNMENT PROGANDA NEWS AGENCY WROTE IT LIKE THIS:
Corruption fight in judiciary long overdue-NAREP
Lusaka, May 8, ZANIS— Opposition National Restoration Party (NAREP) president, Elias Chipimo Junior, has called for an intensified effort to eliminate alleged corrupt practices in the judiciary.
Mr. Chipimo alleged that there was too much corruption in the judiciary noting that even the sense of moral legacy has been eroded from this arm of government.
Mr. Chipimo Jr., who was commenting on President Michael Sata’s decision to suspend three judges, said it was important to eliminate alleged corrupt practices even though it coincides with the alleged
protection of the President’s political allies.
He said this at a press briefing in Lusaka today.
He has since welcomed the decision to suspend the three judges and the subsequent appointment of a Malawian judge to head a tribunal to probe alleged misconduct of the members of the bench.
Mr. Chipimo Jr. expressed optimism that something positive will come out if the case will help the country cleanse its troubled judiciary.
He said the appointment of a foreign judge to head a tribunal can promote transparency in the way it will handle the matter and also help to come up with an impartial report.
Mr. Chipimo Jr. however cautioned that the suspension of the three judges should not instil fear in the judiciary in its dispensation of justice.
“If this is the case that helps Zambia to begin to cleanse a troubled judiciary, then something positive may yet emerge from this sorry saga. We need to be clear that in the cleansing processing process, we do not end up creating such fear in the judiciary that we damage the part of it that uphold justice with integrity and competence,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chipimo Jr. has called for the resignation of Mutembo Nchito as Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to pave way for the free investigations of the tribunal that is probing three suspended judges.
He said Mr. Nchito cannot continue in his position in light of conflicting positions which he finds himself in pending the outcome of the tribunal hearing which is based on a complaint by him and his
Mr. Chipimo added that he has no personal grudge against Mr. Nchito or the Post Newspapers but stated that there are a number of concerns regarding the setting up of the tribunal as a result of the complaints from the named persons.
He has meanwhile stated that the public will have an opportunity to determine whether the President used the law to protect his political friends or acted in the interest of fighting corruption in the judiciary.
AT LEAST THE DIMWITS AT TIMES OF ZAMBIA TRIED. SEE BELOW:
The Daily Mail which is the loudest in praising itself wrote the following rubbish;
Nothing wrong with Malawian judge, says Chipimo
NATIONAL Restoration Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo Junior has joined the list of people and organisations backing President Sata’s decision to appoint Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa to head a tribunal tasked to probe the alleged misconduct of three judges.
Mr Chipimo said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the decision was founded on law and must not be politicised.
“There’s nothing wrong with the President’s appointment of the Malawian judge. He used the law appropriately,” he said.
Last Monday, President Sata suspended Supreme Court Judge Phillip Musonda and High Court judges Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga and set up a tribunal to investigate alleged professional misconduct.
NAREP’s position is in agreement with the Law Association of Zambia and the University of Zambia Students Union who have supported the head of State on the matter.
It, however, contradicts other political parties who have criticised President Sata’s action to suspend the three judges and set up a tribunal to probe them.
Mr Chipimo, however, cautioned that the appointment of the tribunal appeared to have been based on complaints from people who are closer to the head of State.
He said while he appreciates that the Judiciary needs reforms, the fact that the complaints are from people surrounding the President could ‘take away a little’ from the good work he (the President) is doing.
The NAREP leader, who is also a lawyer, said there is need to ‘find closure’ on some people such as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito and The Post Newspapers editor Fred M’membe.
“In the final analysis, if this is the case that helps Zambia to begin to cleanse a troubled Judiciary, then something positive may emerge from this saga,” he said.
Mr Chipimo, however, said it’s a good thing that the President appointed the Malawian judge as this will enhance impartiality in the whole process.
He expressed confidence in President Sata’s tribunal because it is the only way cleansing of the Judiciary shall commence.
Mr Chipimo further cautioned that in the process of cleaning up, fear must not be created in the Judiciary, to uphold its integrity and competence.
He also said Mr Nchito must resign from his position as DPP to pave way for the tribunal.