Justice Minister Given Lubinda has assured the international community that Zambia is not headed for an impeachment crisis.
Mr. Lubinda waved off concerns regarding a pending impeachment vote in Parliament when he spoke to international media in London following the conclusion of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting there last week.
“The parliament is still looking at the matter, and parliament will have to pronounce itself for weather the grounds of impeachment meet the minimal standards,” he said.
“For us, in the ruling party we are waiting to hear [from the parliament] but, we have studied the grounds and are strong position is that the grounds do not meet the minimal standards of law,” Mr. Lubinda said.
On 23 March, the UPND filed a motion to impeach the president.
Due to a technicality, the motion was not heard before the adjournment of Parliament on March 29 and will now not be heard until parliament reconvenes in June.
“This motion was not so much with any conviction that it would achieve anything towards impeaching the President but, more towards creating grounds for debate.”
The opposition contends that the President has ruled improperly and built its case around technicalities which opponents say are ambiguously defined under Zambian law.
Mr. Lubinda, during his time in London also gave a speech to a group of African businessmen in which he stressed Zambia’s potential as an emerging market.
During the speech, he spoke of Zambia’s emerging demographic dividend and the country’s potential to develop solar energy to agriculture.
Vice President Inonge Wina headed the Zambian delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Other Zambian officials in the London for the conference included the Minister of Foreign Affairs Joe Malanji, Finance Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe, Commerce Trade and Industry Minister Christopher Yaluma, some permanent secretaries and Members of Parliament.