MMD questions Sata's suspension of Judges
MMD acting president Michael Mabenga told Q FM that the manner in which the decision was made raises serious questions on the judicial process in Zambia.
He said decisions regarding the suspension of Judges are of great magnitude and are exceptionally rare.
Mabenga said such drastic decisions are only fearfully entertained after thorough reflection and due consideration of all possible harmful effects they will have on the system of arbitration. He said while the MMD believes that an aggressive fight against corruption is necessary and that judicial reform is required, arbitrary and fragmented executive decisions that give the impression that the President is seeking to protect certain stakeholders' partisan interest in disregard of the integrity of the bench, should not be taken.
Mabenga said that though the MMD might not be privy to the full facts regarding the cases itemized as a term of reference for the said tribunal, the party believes that the hurried nature and timing of the action taken leads itself to suspicion that there are other fundamental wrongs and injustices that may be committed as a result of the presidential decision.
President Michael Sata this week suspended Justices Philip Musonda, Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna. He also appointed a tribunal to be headed by Justice Lovemore Chipoka of the Malawi High Court to investigate the three Judges.