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President Hichilema urges Judiciary to deliver justice equitably

Headlines President Hichilema urges Judiciary to deliver justice equitably

President Hakainde Hichilema has urged the Judiciary to prioritise the delivery of equitable justice to all Zambians.

President Hichilema said the Judiciary must work round the clock to dispense fair justice to all Zambians as there is no class.

He said the perception that there are classes of justice for the rich and commoners must be erased because all Zambians are equal before the law and must get the same and fair justice.

President Hichilema said the Judiciary has a big task to ensure that all Zambians regardless of their standing are heard before the courts of law.

He regretted that there are frivolous adjournments of court cases and that the judiciary must step up and be accountable.

“Sometimes we see adjournments, frivolous…You find people have been in cells for 5 years and never appeared before the courts,” President Hichilema pointed out, as he made reference to the time he was incarcerated.

President Hichilema further urged the Judiciary to find time and visit police cells and correctional centres to get firsthand information of what goes on there.

He noted that quick dispensation of justice and reduced adjournments can help decongest police cells and correctional centres.

“The people of Zambia voted for change and Zambians want to see the judiciary function in a way that respects the rights of all Zambians,” said President Hichilema.

The Head of State said this when he swore in 20 senior government officials at State House in Lusaka on Thursday, who include a High Court Judge, 18 permanent secretaries and commissioner of Lands.

Those Sworn in are High Court Judge Alice Sitali, Home Affairs and Internal Security Permanent Secretary Joseph Akafumba, Dr George Magwende for Health, Dr Anna Songolo Fisheries and Livestock , Dr Sakwiba Musiwa Minerals Development, Joe Kalusa Water Development and Sanitation, Daphine Chabu Lands and Natural Resources,

Others are Beatrice Darko Community Development and Social Welfare, Borniface Nalishuwa Labour and Social Security, Kangwa Chileshe Youth, Sport and Art, Frederick Mwalusaka Transport and Logistics, Yvonne Mpundu Small and Medium Enterprise Development, Kennedy Kalunga Information and Media, Green Mbozi Agriculture, Paul Thole Eastern Province, Namani Moonze Southern Province and Lynn Habanji as Commissioner of Lands.

President Hichilema challenged the newly sworn permanent secretaries to put an end to the gross financial mismanagement in government by ensuring expenditure control.

The President said wrong things such as paying for goods and services that were never executed should never happen under the new dawn administration.

President Hichilema said a workshop has been organized for Ministers and Permanent Secretaries and directed that no one will get paid allowances because they will be working as should be the case.

He said the country has been losing huge amounts of money and that the permanent secretaries must stop the financial bleeding as controlling officers.

President Hichilema pointed out that there will be a lot of pain before things are put right so that his new dawn administration begins to manage the economy the way it envisages.

The President directed the Commissioner of Lands to clean up the processing of title deeds and automate the system at the Ministry of Lands.

He wondered why the ministry can issue three different title deeds on one property could be

“Peoples plots have been taken over by thugs,..people’s farms are being subdivided ..” pointed out Mr Hichilema .

President Hichilema also singled out the Ministry of Health and warned against purchasing of expired drugs, at high prices.

He said there will be no export bans under the new dawn administration but stressed the need to first produce enough for home consumption.

President Hichilema said he has secured business opportunities for Zambia during his recent visits to Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He said the DRC has agreed to huge agro and livestock deals and urged authorities to ensure that the Foot and Mouth Diseased is addressed through effective local vaccinations to meet export market specifications.

13 COMMENTS

    • Acting professionally my foot. He is also very much of a mental slave. Looking at the dressing in that picture the government and its judiciary are all mental slaves. From the president down they are all dressed in colonial attire. I was recently in Ivory Coast and Nigeria and was very impressed with how well dressed and African the people in high offices in these countries were.

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  1. Urged, told, you should, you must etc always saying what things should be but never any action. Load shedding is up, fuel price is up and generally costs of living is going up! This upnd govt has failed. The only thing hh seems to have mastered is posing for pictures. Kuyabebele

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  2. Kaizer Zulu must be the last person to comment on governance issues because in his time he was busy brutalizing the citizens and womanizing. What does he know about governance ? People must have shame?

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  3. I’m Tired of some useless comments by frustrated PF bloggers
    Massive Government really? >>> it’s being down sized
    Fuel prices up ? >>> sure World prices highest in years
    Electricity up ? >> Look at the state of Zesco left by PF >> It has to become financial viable
    SOME SHOULD JUST ZIP IT OR FIND WORK TO KEEP THIER IDLE MINDS OCCUPIED

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  4. There will always be two types of justices.. not by design but by nature. A rich man will afford the best lawyer that money can buy. A poor man cannot not afford a lawyer and will be on his own when he faces that ferocious judge. The so-called legal aid is almost non-existent…. only those who can manage to pay someone get representation.

  5. WE SHOULD EXPECT TO FEEL GREAT PIN AS THE NEW DAWN OVT TRIES TO BETTER THE ECONOMY. WE SHOULD EXPECT PRICE HIKES ON FUEL, ELECTRICITY, TRANSPORT AND GENERAL ALL GOODS AND SERVICES AND THIS WILL BE MITIGATED BY IMPROVED DELIVERY SERVICES IN HEALTH, EDUCATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, WATER AND SANITATION, RECRUITMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS ETC. IN SHORT GRZ WILL COLLECT MORE REVENUE TO MEET ITS 2022 BUDGET OBLIGATINS. SCRAPPING OF FUEL SUBSIDY WILL ALLOW GRZ TO CHANNEL SUCH MONIES TO OTHER NEEDY SECTORS . WE SHOULD TIGHTEN OUR BELTS. LOOK AT THE WAY PREVIOUS PF HANDLED THE ENERGY SECTOR. ELECTRICITY TARRIFS WERE SUPPOSED O HAVE BEEN INCREASED IN MARCH 2020 AND FROM THE SAME MONTH DUTY AND VAT WAS SUSUPENDED ON FUEL UNTIL THE END OF JUNE 2020 BUT THIS WASNOT DONE HENCE LEFT HANGNG IN THIN…

  6. Looking at the dressing in that picture the government and its judiciary are all mental slaves. From the president down they are all dressed in colonial attire. I was recently in Ivory Coast and Nigeria and was very impressed with how well dressed and African the people in high offices in these countries were.

  7. It’s not the dressing that determines how a Judiciary performs. Nigeria as a good example, my foot! U don’t even know it’s falling apart.

  8. Who is talking about how a judiciary performs? It performs poorly we all know but how they present themselves could lead you to their poor performance. They are trying to imitate European judges. They spend more time trying to be Europeans so Africans wont have their time to get any justice.

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