The infamous Chikopa tribunal may not take off as the two judges Justices Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga have challenged its constitutionality in the Lusaka High Court.
And Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has supported the action by the two judges saying they were within their rights to challenge the constitutionality of the Tribunal as contained in the court action commenced by them.
The judges defence lawyers have cited as one of the grounds for the High Court action some ‘outrageous rules’ guiding the tribunal which seeks to insulate itself from legal challenges. LAZ Honorary secretary Linda Kasonde said “The High Court action by the two judges is well within their rights and they are entitled to commence the said proceedings to challenge the constitutionality of the Tribunal as contained in the court action commenced by them.
“We further confirm that the State as represented by the Attorney General is equally entitled to oppose the application if they so wish,” she said
Ms Kasonde said LAZ had been inundated with numerous Press queries concerning the judicial review proceedings commenced by Justices Kajimanga and Mutuna challenging the Constitutionality of the Tribunal set up by the Republican President.
“Members of the public are thus advised not to speculate on the matter but to allow the courts of law to handle this matter without fear or favour,” she said
Last time government subverted judicial review which should have tested the legality and procedural propriety of the tribunal when they rushed to the Supreme Court which has now provided an inconclusive and controversial judgment.
(see details of Judges defence on Page 6)