The Ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has said that it will respect the decision of the Constitutional Court Cabinet Ministers to vacate their position immediately.
In a statement made available to the media by the party’s media committee, the party said that today’s decision gives credence to a robust and independent judiciary that Zambia has where the courts can enter judgments against the state, contrary to assertions previously made by the Opposition.
Earlier today the Constitutional Court has ruled that Ministers and their Deputies are in office illegally following the dissolution of Parliament.
The Ministers and their Deputies have been ordered to pay back all the salaries and other allowances they illegally accrued.
Below is PF Full statement
WE RESPECT THE DECISION BY THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT- SUNDAY CHANDA, ON BEHALF OF THE PF INFORMATION COMMITTEE
Lusaka, 8th August 2016 – His Excellency President Edgar Lungu had earlier guided that his administration would respect the decision of the Constitutional Court on this matter. In respecting the rule of law, the Patriotic Front (PF) wishes to state that it will respect the decision of the Constitutional Court. It is on record that the PF under President Lungu delivered a people-driven constitution which also establishes the constitutional court.
The constitutional court plays an important role in, among other functions, the interpretation of ambiguous clauses whenever these arise. Today’s decision therefore gives credence to a robust and independent judiciary that Zambia has where the courts can enter judgments against the state, contrary to assertions previously made by the Opposition.
This is yet another confirmation that PF trusts and respects the doctrine of separation of power as the basis of our thriving democracy and the backbone of our governance.
There may be those across the political divide who may wish to mislead the general public on many aspects not pronounced by the judgment of the Constitutional Court. Some of these vehemently opposed the enactment of the new constitution, but this is expected. In this regard, we wish to inform members of the public that the vehicles are still part of the Ministers’ benefits as such nothing changes, and that Ministers will continue to use their own facilities for campaigns.
Lastly, the Constitutional Court’s ruling confirms that President Lungu has presided over very strong independent institutions with his outstanding record in further strengthening our governance structure. He has exhibited this by delivering the first people driven constitution in 50 yrs. This constitution is the basis of the court that today has demonstrated its independence and delivered this judgement.
It’s a proud moment for any leader to see the maturity of a structure or system that has been one of the milestones of his first 18 months.
Like the constitutional court PF also has confidence in an independent electoral process and administration thereof. In this regard, we must emphasize that other political parties should commit to respecting decisions of these independent institutions such as accepting the results of 11 August 2016, when they lose.
Zambians across the divide can therefore walk with their heads high being fully persuaded that indeed we are a country of laws and not of men.
SIGNED: SUNDAY CHANDA, on Behalf of the PF Information Committee