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State House says Nakachinda remarks are a direct attack on the integrity and independence of the Judiciary

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State House has described allegations insinuating that President Hakainde Hichilema is coercing judges as false and contemptuous.

Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya has said that the allegations by PF Chairperson for Information Rapheal Nakachinda are a direct attack on the integrity and independence of the Judiciary.

Mr. Bwalya says the allegations that Judges are receiving instructions from a third hand, are aimed at distorting the direction of a matter actively before the Courts of law.

He emphasized that the new administration will continue to reaffirm the independence of the three arms of government, including the Judiciary while allowing for freedom of speech for all citizens.

Mr. Bwalya further said that such freedom must be exercised and enjoyed within the confines of what the law prescribes, while any potential transgression of the law under the guise of freedom of speech must be subjected to the due review of law enforcement
agencies to ensure that no infringement has been caused.

He has since urged all citizens to continue exercising their constitutional freedoms with caution and restrain.

Mr. Bwalya further said law enforcement agencies must not hesitate to hold accountable those who will abuse basic constitutional freedoms to peddle malicious and baseless attacks against other members of the public especially those who cannot publicly defen
themselves such as members of the judiciary.

This is contained in a statement by Mr. Bwalya released to ZNBC News in Lusaka today.

Earlier today, Mr. Nakachinda was quoted as accusing the Head of State of influencing Judges in adjudicating parliamentary petitions against the PF.

Parliamentary presiding officers led by new Speaker Hon. Nelly Muti, First Deputy, Attractor Malungo Chisangano and Second Deputy Speaker, Moses Frank Moyo pose for a picture with President Hakainde Hichilema and Vice President, Mutale Nalumango at State House.
Parliamentary presiding officers led by new Speaker Hon. Nelly Muti, First Deputy, Attractor Malungo Chisangano and Second Deputy Speaker, Moses Frank Moyo pose for a picture with President Hakainde Hichilema and Vice President, Mutale Nalumango at State House.

Meanwhile, the Lusaka High Court has adjourned the delivery of a ruling in a matter where nine Patriotic Front (PF) members of Parliament whose elections results have been nullified are seeking leave for Judicial Review over their dismissal from the National Assembly

The court is now expected to deliver the ruling on the matter on Wednesday.

The matter is before Lusaka High Court Judge in Charge, Gertrude Chawatama, and Judges Mwila Kombe and Suzen Wenjelani.

Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti on December 07, 2021, ruled that nine PF members whose elections results have been nullified must not attend the proceedings of the National Assembly until further notice.

Ms. Mutti referring to article 73 of the Constructional ruled that the victims did not file an application for the stay of execution of the High Court Judgment.

This followed a point of order by United Party for National Development (UPND) Solwezi East Member of Parliament Alex Katekwa.

However other lawyers also relying on article 73 sub-article four of the Constitution have disputed the ruling by Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti.

24 COMMENTS

  1. It’s not possible for the judges to come out and deny the allegations hence the need of other wings of govt to come out and set the record straight. Nakachinda is a lost soul. He needs salvation more than anything at present.

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  2. Nakachinda should be Subpoenaed by the High Court, what he just stated is an offense as it can set a serious precedence over whatever Court outcome would be. These PF Cadres should not forget the Evil they did to others. They are deliberately poking the Lion so that if eaten, they call it Witch-Hunt.

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  3. Raphael Nakacinda has crossed the line. The Law Association of Zambia should intervene here to either defend the Judiciary or challenge Nakacinda to be specific so that the judges concerned are exposed. Besides that, the election petitions have already been dealt with at High Court level. The elections of some MPs have been nullified while some have been upheld.

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  4. State house needs to learn that responding to Nakachinda at that level is giving him relevance, the strategy is that what ever Nakachinda says, Nakachinda who has not known any decency, truth and decorum in his life, should be responded to by his level, so take a ward chairman in Vubwi, Chisekesi, Matumbo, Mungwi and so on to respond, that is his level and strategically that’s what UPND should be doing, no wonder the grave and false issues he is accustomed to saying, remember that’s how he destablised the MMD before he was shown the exit

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  5. He destabilized MMD, he is now causing confusion in PF for motivating for the dissolution of the Lusaka PF provincial executive before that settles down he has already gone to say untruths that HH is meeting judges, that is his way of opearating, Nevers Mumba was very right when he said the young man may be in trouble one day if he does not tame his tongue

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  6. The psychological mind set of Anthony Bwalya has genetically NEVER been creditable either. His roots are well known.

  7. Because Vasco Dagama is in state house no one can talk about the executive’s influence on the judiciary. When they were on opposition all the judges were labelled as compromised. What a joke. There is now no talk of the excessive presidential powers because their leader is in state house.

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  8. State House has described allegations insinuating that President Hakainde Hichilema is coercing judges as false and contemptuous.
    Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya has said that the allegations by PF Chairperson for Information Rapheal Nakachinda are a direct attack on the integrity and independence of the Judiciary.
    I totally and fully agree with you Mr. Bwalya on this one. Let us refrain from attacking the Judiciary in public. However, just a reminder of what happened in September 2016

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  9. CONTINUED
    BRANDING Constitutional Court Judges thugs and criminals by Hakainde Hichilema is the gravest assault on the Judiciary and the UPND leader should know that his conduct towards the Zambian courts is injudicious and not acceptable, Brebner Changala has charged.
    And Mr Changala has said Zambian Judges should be protected from political hooligans whom he said were on the loose and on rampage of violating the sanctity of the country’s judicial system. ( Lusaka times : 13th September 2016)
    I leave it to Zambians to “JUDGE”

  10. Ironically, Mr Hichilema is still going to the courts and will be appearing before the same Judges he has branded thugs and criminals. What sense is he making out of his attacks? OUR JUDGES HAVE BEEN ABUSED FOR FAR TOO LONG.

  11. After accusing the judges then you expect them to rule in your favour? Just wait there are more rulings coming against PF.

  12. The consensus is that he is lying and is liar.
    Has anyone asked the following questions:
    1. Who were the judge(s)
    2. Where was the meeting(s)
    If he then falsely accuses anyone, sue him for slander.
    The burden of proof is on him.
    End of story

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  13. HH said the same things about judges when he was in opposition and no one summoned him to court over the matter.
    Well let’s hear Nakachinda’s story. It might make interesting reading. Remember the “Chiluba is a thief ” issue by Edith Nawakwi. It developed into a very interesting court issue. So bring it on, let’s hear it. After all, judges are human and all things are possible. What’s important is to establish the truth, rather than sweep it under the carpet.

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