State House has accused the Judiciary of colluding with the opposition UPND and trying to usurp the sovereign will of the people to elect their own leaders.
State House Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda has since issued a stern warning against the Judges saying they should not act like politicians.
In a wide ranging Sunday Interview on ZNBC TV aired last evening, Mr Chanda said the behaviour of some Judges especially over the handling of election petitions has caused some comfort in the Patriotic Front.
“Yes there is some discomfort in the party, remember I speak for the presidency and the President is the Head of the Party and I can say here that there is discomfort over the conduct of the Judiciary,” Mr Chanda said.
He said the judiciary must not push the Executive to push for judicial reforms like the ones in Kenya.
The Judiciary must not push the Executive
[/pullquote]“The Judiciary must not be like politicians. The Judiciary must not push the Executive to push judicial reforms the Kenya style. Judges are members of society, they are not in Jupiter, their actions must be in tune with society, they should not create doubts. There is discomfort in the party about what some judges say to members of the opposition and when we see their outcomes, it creates discomfort but not fear,” he said.
Mr Chanda said “Let’s not have the judiciary that puts itself on trial.”
Mr Chanda said the PF will still win the by elections even if they are called in Lusaka Central and Munali constituencies.
“No elections are won in the courts of law. The judiciary is usurping the sovereign will of the people. For instance, Hon Mwanakatwe’s husband was threatened with a pistol during campaigns and how can a Judge turn that against Hon Mwanakwatwe. This is the absurdity we are talking about. This is the collusion we are talking about. We are beginning to see strange things in the judiciary,” Mr Chanda said.
He said the courts must stay away from putting themselves in the political arena.
“The party will not sit idle and watch this continue,” he warned.
Mr Chanda also dismissed reports that the opposition UPND has applied to the International Criminal Court over the handling of the election petition.
“We have searched everywhere, there is no petition in the ICC to do with Zambia. What the UPND is doing is psyching the minds of Zambians that President Lungu will be removed from office one day.
It’s in the interest of the judiciary that they don’t put themselves on trial. How do you explain a Court official acting in a partisan manner by admitting 70 percent of cadres from the UPND and denying enough seats to the PF? It will only take a phone call to the Provincial Chairman in Lusaka and there will be no space in the entire court building because the PF is by far the most popular in Lusaka,” he said.
On presidential trips, Mr Chanda denied accusations that President Lungu has been travelling a lot.
He revealed that President Lungu has turned down some invitations in the spirit of austerity measures that his administration is implementing.
“He is not travelling too much, we have cancelled some trips. All the trips he has undertaken since re-election have been in very important,” Mr Chanda said.
He also disclosed that President Lungu is the only leader who moves with one of the smallest delegations.
“He has done about five trips in a month but he travels with the smallest number in his entourage, sometimes only about seven people comprising, security, doctors and protocol. The number of people travelling with the President has reduced from an average of 80 people to an average of between 20-22. When I look at the records, that the President has cut the numbers and all these trips are budgeted for and he is not travelling over budget. He is even travelling below budget.”
Mr Chanda said Presidential summits are important for Zambia’s international relations.
“Summitry is still important and that is why the EU leaders are meeting all the time. That is how governments function. There are certain things that cannot just be discussed over the phone.”