PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has dissolved the moriEdgar Lungu has dissolved the moribund Justice Chikopa-led Tribunal and lifted the suspension of the two judges it was tasked to probe for alleged misconduct.
The Tribunal was set up in April 2012 by President Michael Sata following the complaint by Post Newspaper proprietor Fred Mmembe and Mutembo Nchito when they alleged that Judges Nigel Mutuna, Judge Charles Kajimanga and Supreme Court Justice, Philip Musonda, misconducted themselves over the handling of the Zambian Airways court case (where they are shareholders).
In statement released by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda, President Lungu dissolved the tribunal following a Consent Judgement entered into by the Attorney General and the Judges.
President Edgar Lungu has since revoked the suspensions and reinstated the Judges and has allowed them to work as puisine judges of the High Court.
The Tribunal failed to sit when it was frustrated by numerous court applications and injunctions.
And Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima has appointed Judge Charles Kajimanga as Judge-in-Charge.
In a letter to the Chief Justice, the Hon. Ireen Mambilima, President Lungu stated that following the report he has received from the Solicitor-General to the effect that by consent, the ruling of Mr Justice Mwinde Siavwapa ordering the reinstatement of Justices Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna has been reversed, he has decided to dissolve the Tribunal and forthwith lift the two judges’ suspension.
The dissolution of the tribunal brings to an end the protracted acrimony and legal challenge within the judiciary that rendered the Chikopa-led Tribunal moribund and thereby costing the country huge sums of money yet the tribunal was non-functional.
The President has since directed the Secretary to the Cabinet to administratively bring closure to this matter promptly.
Meanwhile President Lungu has also formally lifted the suspension of Justices Timothy Katenekwa and E. Sunkutu following their respective clearance by tribunals that were appointed to probe cases of alleged incompetence.