The Young Development Foundation (YDF) has joined calls for president Edgar Lungu to constitute a tribunal to investigate judges who are facing corruption allegations.
Court of Appeal and Supreme Court judges are alleged to have received massive financial and real property bribes from Stanbic Bank to set aside a High Court Judgment that ordered the bank to compensate Savenda management for negligence and breach of duty.
The matter has since take a new twist with judges trying to intimidate citizens from exposing the corruption by charging them with contempt of court. The judge have also started holding dark corner meetings with some named citizens with a view to corrupt and compromise them.
But calls for a tribunal are getting louder.
See below a statement issued today by the NDC through t its Executive Director Eustace Kabwe
For Immediate Release
CONSTITUTE TRIBUNAL IN THE INTEREST OF THE JUDICIARY
THE Young Development Foundation (YDF) has noted the Contempt proceedings by the Supreme Court against Civil Society Constitutional Agenda (CiSCA) Chairperson Bishop John Mambo and the Anti-Corruption activist, Gregory Chifire.
While we agree and support the principle of Judicial sanctity, it is important for citizens to hold this arm of Government accountable. The Republican Constitution in Article 118 clearly stipulates that the Judiciary derives its authority from the people of Zambia, “and shall be exercised in a just manner and such exercise shall promote accountability.”
The Constitution provides for clear mechanisms through which the Judiciary or indeed the Judges should be made accountable. However, as stated we have noted the unique case in which the two activists have been cited for contempt arising from their comments on the Judgement of the Stanbic V. Savenda case.
In the interest of justice, we appeal to the Republican President to constitute a Tribunal to probe all the allegations surrounding this matter. There is no doubt that a strong, independent and reputable judiciary is an asset not only for the legal profession but for the public. It is in the interest of every Zambian therefore that we maintain the integrity of the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court.
As an organisation we have taken keen interest in the matter and will be following the proceedings.