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Ngosa Simbyakula is State Counsel

General News Ngosa Simbyakula is State Counsel

President Edgar Lungu chats with ECZ Chairperson Judge Essau Chulu looking on Ntembana Mwanamwambwa (r) Judge Hildah Chibomba (2nl) and Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima (third from left) at State House
President Edgar Lungu chats with ECZ Chairperson Judge Essau Chulu
looking on Ntembana Mwanamwambwa (r) Judge Hildah Chibomba (2nl) and
Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima (third from left) at State House

President Edgar Lungu has conferred Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula with the status of State Counsel (SC).

President Lungu has also conferred lawyers Mutemwa Mutemwa, Willy Mubanga and Michael Musonda with the status of State Counsels.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Chalwe Lombe has been conferred with the status of Ambassador while High Court Judge Martin Mwanamwalye has been promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Justice.

Dr. Simbyakula, Mr. Lombe, Justice Mwanamwalye, Mr. Mubanga, Mr. Mutemwa and Mr. Musonda have since been sworn in.

Speaking during the swearing in ceremony at State House in Lusaka today, President Lungu said he has no doubt that those sworn in will work according to the expectations of the Zambian people.

He pointed out that those sworn in today have been entrusted with and ushered into the high positions and must therefore serve diligently.

And President Lungu said government has consulted widely on the constitution making process.

He expressed optimism that the great team from the Judiciary will give guidelines and direction concerning the constitution process.

President Lungu has further appointed David Matongo as a member of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) while Mr. Jeffrey Simukoko and Nixon Banda as members of the Judicial Complaints Authority.

President Edgar Lungu (third from right) and Vice President Inonge Wina (2nl)   pose for a Photo with newly sworn in State Councils, Ngosa Sibyakula (l)  Mutemwa Mutemwa (r), Oberty Mubanga (2nr), and Micheal Musonda (third from Left) shortly after Courtesy call at State House
President Edgar Lungu (third from right) and Vice President Inonge
Wina (2nl) pose for a Photo with newly sworn in State Councils,
Ngosa Sibyakula (l) Mutemwa Mutemwa (r), Oberty Mubanga (2nr), and
Micheal Musonda (third from Left) shortly after Courtesy call at State
House

20 COMMENTS

  1. State Counsel my foot…Justice Minister..for what? ..Telling Zambians for the last 4 months that he will publish the contentious issues bill in the Govt Gazette ..NEXT WEEK!!!

    MR NEXT WEEK…good job..you are now State Counsel..when are we hearing another NEXT WEEK, sir

    • My sentiments exactly….,state counsel for pulling a wool over people’s eyes. For twenty years it’s been commission this, draft that with no constitution in sight.

    • LT – this is sub-standard journalism! It’s State Counsel not “State Council” ; and the name of the new Deputy Chief Justice is Melvin Mwanamwambwa not Martin Mwanamwalye.

  2. And they say Lungu is not working. This is the best news to come out this year, now see how Zambia will develop! This man has a vision, HOORAY! to the state counsels.

  3. Ati zambia will now develop……
    My this man has just constituted a team that will only be rayal to him in protecting his job through Judicially & ECZ.
    These people would not want to go against the appointing authority, that is why we ‘re crying for a new Constitution that will give these bodies autonomy & power
    to promote themselves & fear no one but the rules of the game.

  4. I know Dr Simbyakula SC is a gifted academician. Any honest person cannot resist this. I have been practicing law for some time. I have not seen any case reported in the Zambian Law Report and having been argued by Dr Simbyakula SC. Its not enough that you are a minister. In the legal profession we know who the real State Counsel are and those who are not. They are reducing the dignity of the inner bar. So what development has he made to the Development of the Law.

    Dr Simbyakula SC, has my full respect as an accomplished academician and he stands amongst the best I have heard. But on conferment of SC, I seem to be on the other side of the spectrum.

    • @Kankobela
      I am not a lawyer and I fully understand your argument. Unfortunately to be a State Counsel or Queen’s Counsel as it is referred to in other Commonwealth Countries the only qualification required is seniority. If the appointing authority deems you to be senior enough at Law you qualify.

      He may not have published any of his works in the Zambian Law Report you referred but for him to have a Doctorate in Law he, and I am certain of this, must have done enough research in Law to deserve the appointment unless it’s an honorary Doctorate.

      Educate me if it’s any different down under (Zambia)

    • @bongo don’t forget that Kabimba is also a SC ..lol. What seniority has Kabimba has is law, when even as a lawyer he never won a single case. The point is in Zambia people love title even the ones they don’t deserve, like Dr and now SC for lawyers. Dr. Sinbyakula may be qualified, but the past experience show that these titles are just for political appeasement. It only the lawyers, in their profession, who can tell us if this man really deserves the SC or it’s just another joke.

  5. That’s the Chagwa way, he does not even understand issues, bwafya, nabaflwafye, ba chalwe Lombe, is another, who is so soft, cannot manage the foreign service, he needs to be tough , all the same , pave way for HH, to come and make more changes, soon.

  6. Is this a process meant to make all ZAMBIAN lawyers STATE COUNCILS IN A FAILED STATE? I thought this was a privy of accomplished lawyers like Mumba Malila? This is equivalent to how KK, a form 2 (Standard 2) made the professorship less dignified by appointing UNIP party cadres like Patrick MVUNGA ‘PROFESSOR’ without merit.

    • It works out that you are senior at Law! There is no need of defending a case in court being a qualification for state counsellorship. Plesase don’t comment on issues you have little understanding of.

  7. AT LEAST YOU HAVE ENLIGHTENED SOME OF US LESSER MORTALS

    I HAVE ALWAYS HELD THAT SC…. STANDS FOR SENIOR CONMAN…?

  8. It is very, very difficult to find a perfect man or woman. When we decide on someone to take up a certain position, we look at both the merits and demerits but that does not mean he/ she may not develop other symptoms in the cause of their prescribed terms of contract.
    For now, CONGRATULATIONS to the appointed few. Your CV shall only be attractive when you live to the expectations of your office. Do not be like those that swear today and the next day are broadcasting the same that they were to protect. Mind you, many people made inputs for your sake and please do not disappoint them.

  9. Some of us think when another president is voted into power, he/ she will be able to stop the sun from rising. That president shall look at what is prevailing and see how they can make it work better for most of the people. There shall always be one who wants it done otherwise but if the majority are happy, good.

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