Government defends suspension of Judges
Government has said that it was premature for anyone to condemn President Michael Sata’s move to suspend the three Judges before the tribunal that has been put in place concludes its investigations.
Chief Government spokesperson Fackson Shamenda has justified the actions of the President to suspend the three judges stating that it is within his constitutional mandate.
He said that there have been numerous complaints from the public concerning the three Judges in question. Mr. Shamenda wondered why some opposition political parties are condemning the government on the suspension of the three judges when they are the same ones calling on the government to ensure the integrity of the judiciary is restored.
The minister said that the PF government is committed to restoring the confidence and dignity in the judiciary that was lost during the reign of the MMD.
Mr. Shamenda was speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today
Meanwhile, Mr. Shamenda who is also information, broadcasting and labour minister has urged journalists to ensure they have minimum individual principles to guide them as they carry out their duties.
Mr. Shamenda stated that journalists in the country should not use their freedom to injure innocent citizens.
He said that in Zambia there is too much media freedom such that the likes of Chanda Chimba III have been allowed to go scot free even after having insulted President Michael Sata prior to last year’s elections.
The minister noted that people like Chanda Chiimba need to have a conscious adding that even Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus proved that he had conscious by hanging himself.
The minister was speaking during the world Press freedom day commemorations in Lusaka today.