UPND is corrupt; Chikopa stays – Sebastian Zulu

Justice Minister Sebastian Zulu has described threats by the United Party for National Development (UPND) to orchestrate demonstrations and cause civil disorder over the suspension of three High Court judges as unreasonable.

The minister said the threats by the UPND and plans to stage protests were an indication that the party did not want the tribunal and investigations into the alleged impropriety against the trio to proceed.

Mr Zulu said the opposition UPND’s decision to start thinking and planning of demonstrations was an indication that the party harboured corruption saying the best was to wait for the outcome instead of getting involved in unreasonable actions.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Zulu said it was time UPND started separating politics from professional issues saying the issue of suspending the three judges was professional and did not require any demonstrations.

He said while the opposition UPND had a right to say whatever they wanted, they should be mindful of their comments especially those that bordered on professional misconduct of some senior citizens in the country which in turn also required professional comments.

“This is unreasonable. I do not like commenting on unreasonable matters. Why should a party rush into orchestrating demonstrations and causing civil disorder to protest the suspension of the judges, this matter is professional, the procedure had been followed and we are all waiting for the outcome,” he said.

And on calls for Malawi judge Lovemore Chikopa to return to Malawi due to adjournments surrounding the sitting of the tribunal, the Justice minister said there was nothing wrong in him staying in the country before the sitting as there were other vital things he was doing.

“What has Chikopa done to them this time? This is an independent man called to chair the tribunal, apart from chairing, he also has other things to study, we wonder why the UPND is calling for his return, and does it mean they do not want the investigations or what?,” he questioned.

Mr Zulu insisted that President Michael Sata was on firm grounds when he suspended the three High Court judges following allegations leveled against them saying the only way to remove them following such allegations was through the tribunal.

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