Earlier yesterday, President Edgar Lungu said he was disappointed with Mr Mwenye for disparaging Zambia’s judiciary in the United Kingdom.
President Lungu said he has confidence in Zambia’s judiciary and has since requested the Law Association of Zambia and Chief Justice Irene Mambilima to look into the matter.
President Lungu alleged that Mr. Mwenye advised residents of Chingola to sue Vedanta Resources for allegedly polluting the environment in the courts of law in the UK because Zambia’s judicial system is not effective.
President Lungu described the criticism labelled against the judiciary as unfair.
He said he will speak for the judiciary because it has no voice to speak for itself.
President Lungu said the development is unfortunate especially that Mr Mwenye is a senior member of the Zambian bar who has attacked the Zambian judiciary in a foreign country.
President Lungu was speaking yesterday morning at State House when he swore in five Supreme Court Judges who include Justices Nigel Mutuna, Jones Chinyama, Jane Kabuku, Charles Kajimanga and Michael Musonda.
And President Lungu’s Press Aide Amos Chanda later told Journalists that the Head of state will seek counsel from the Law Association of Zambia and Justice Mambilima on the remarks made by Mr. Mwenye who is the legal counsel for Chingola residents in a matter they have sued Vedanta Resources for allegedly polluting the environment on the Copperbelt.
But Mr Mwenye said in a statement that his comments in London were not malicious or unfaithful as he was giving an expert report to lawyers representing Zambians seeking justice from Vedanta and KCM regarding alleged pollution.
He said English lawyers representing in the case asked him to give an expert report on behalf of Zambians who sued Vedanta about various aspects including the state of access to justice in Zambia.
Mr Mwenye said he gave his opinion to the High Court in London highlighting challenges people face based on challenges highlighted by several stakeholders including the Law Association of Zambia and the Judiciary itself.
He said he considers it his duty to aide poor Zambians to obtain justice from anywhere in the world against any form of injustices and is ready to share his opinion with President Lungu and the Law Association of Zambia.
“I am not the only expert who has been engaged in this case. Former Chief Justice Sakala and Professor Patrick Mvunga S.C both of whom have my utmost respect and admiration have been engaged by KCM and Vedanta’s lawyers to give expert reports and I believe they have done so,” Mr Mwenye said.