Justice minister Sebastian Zulu has described the decision by the Lusaka High court to stay proceedings of the Tribunal appointed by President Michael Sata to probe the alleged professional misconduct of three suspended Judges as illegal.
Mr. Zulu says the court’s decision is an illegal and amounts to a direct attack on the president’s decision.
He says government is surprised that the judiciary is refusing to be accountable to the people by not allowing the exercise of its power to be checked by the executive through the procedures provided in the constitution.
Mr Zulu has told a media briefing in Lusaka that this is the first time since independence that the judiciary has acted in such a manner.
He warned that the growing trend where the country is having a dictatorship of the judiciary is a recipe for anarchy.
The Justice Minister stated that if such a trend is not addressed, it may lead the country into serious problems.
Mr. Zulu says the judiciary should not shield itself from investigations.
He says the people of Zambia are tired of complaints of incompetence, corruption, and collusion in the judiciary.
Mr Zulu adds that government has given the judiciary enough time to correct itself and that it is the hope of the government that they will not betray the aspirations of the Zambian people.
Lusaka High Court Judge Flugence Chisanga yesterday May 16,2012 stayed proceedings of a Tribunal appointed by President Sata to investigate the misconduct of a supreme Court Judge and two High Court Judges after arguments that it was illegal and premature.
Meanwhile Solicitor General Musa Mwenye has applied to the High Court to have the stay of execution of the tribunal revoked. Mr Zulu has confirmed and that application to have the stay revoked will be heard this afternoon.
He has further called on the judiciary to work with the government to ensure that there is smooth delivery of justice in the country.