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President Lungu swears in court of Appeal Judges

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President Edgar Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina pose for a photo with newly sworn in court of appeal Judges at State House
President Edgar Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina pose for a photo with newly sworn in court of appeal Judges at State House
President Edgar Lungu has sworn in 3 Judges of the Court of Appeals and 1 High Court Judge with a call on the judges to uphold the integrity and independence of the Judiciary.

Speaking during the swearing in ceremony at state house this morning, President Lungu said people have raised concerns with the manner in which the Judiciary has conducted itself and urged judges to ensure they change the bad perception that has been painted over the years.

The President said the judges can only change people’s perception of the judiciary if they stop socializing with people perceived to be of bad conduct in society and be selective in their contacts.

The Head of State observed that people can misconstrue the conduct of judges and doubt their judgement based on the people judges associate themselves with in society.

He said it is the duty of the judges to guard the integrity and independence of the judiciary through their conduct when delivering justice.

The President also expressed happiness that the appointment of the judges for the Court of Appeal was gender balanced and expressed optimism that the judges who were sworn in will deliver as Parliament scrutinized them before ratification.

Those sworn in as judges of the Appeals Court include Justice Mwiinde Siavwapa, Betty Mwaka Majula, and Petronella Chama Mwitwa-Ngulube while Justice Conceptor Chinyanwa Zulu was sworn in a High Court Judge.

The ceremony was witnessed by Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima, Minister of Justice Given Lubinda and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Patrick Kangwa among other Government Officials.

The Court of Appeal which lies between the High Court and the Supreme Court on the court structure was established in 2015 under Article 130 of the amended Constitution of Zambia.

President Edgar Lungu talks to Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima during the swearing in ceremony of court of appeal Judges at State House
President Edgar Lungu talks to Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima during the swearing in ceremony of court of appeal Judges at State House
President Edgar Lungu congratulate newly sworn in court of appeal Judge Justice Petronella Mwitwa ngulube at State House
President Edgar Lungu congratulate newly sworn in court of appeal Judge Justice Petronella Mwitwa ngulube at State House
President Edgar Lungu receives a later of Oath from newly sworn in  court of appeal Judge Justice Mwiinde Siavwapa at State House
President Edgar Lungu receives a later of Oath from newly sworn in court of appeal Judge Justice Mwiinde Siavwapa at State House

20 COMMENTS

    • Ma rubbith! The real issues now are cholera and corruption, we want to hear your response about corruption Mukula, Kalaba etc…If your government was not corrupt we wouldn’t have had cholera

  1. Integrity? Really. Working up a judge at 01 hours to sign an injunction when there is no emergency and promoting the same judge to the constitution court is integrity? Threatening judges with chaos if they pass certain unfavourable judgements? Integrity, integrity, integrity.

  2. KALABA IS NOW THE VILLAIN, WHERE ARE WE GOING IN ZAMBIAN POLITICS OF POWER STRUGGLES? EVERY ITHOLE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT IN ZAMBIA!

  3. Say whatever you wish, our constitution allows only the president to do the swearing in of judges. It’s up to the judge to uphold integrity although one judge put in problem with Levi Mwanawasas when he ruled against the state.

  4. That’s not allowed, that is a group of more than five people. You are risking people’s lives by spreading cholera Lungu!

  5. Good move. They all have integrity as long the executive does not put pressure on them. They all have humble background. One of them taught me at a secondary school and was a respectable teacher and who fear God.

    • Chikopa was fired for failing to even come up with TORs for that tribunal that Mutembo and Fred influenced. The local judges had ruled in favour of DBZ against those two criminals and they wanted to get even. That’s how powerful Fred was, judges feared him. But Chagwa reduced him to a normal Zambian who has to wait in line like everyone else…

  6. Do we really need the Court of appeal? This is a drain on the meagre resources we have as a country. This will not lead to speedy hearing and adjudication of court cases. The only people smiling are lawyers who know that a case can potentially move from Magistrate, then to High Court, then the court of appeal and finally to Supreme Court. More money for the lawyers

  7. He should have sworn in HH as a section leader in Monze too. It could help him learn how to grow a party from the grassroots and learn political experience since as at now he is Under Five still and very poor at it!

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