Threats by the judiciary to institute contempt of court proceedings against persons issuing “unwarranted” attacks on the Supreme Court bench in order to preserve the integrity and dignity of the Courts of Law and its officers is baseless, Senanga Member of Parliament Likando Mufalali has said.
And Mr Mufalali has demanded that government produces the contract of Justice Chibesakunda to the people of Zambia so that they prove her legality in that office.
Mr Mufalali said Zambia was a democratic nation that allowed its citizens to express their views, adding that whoever was not comfortable with critics must leave the public office.
“Those are public offices and all the citizens are free to express their views, and whoever feels he is not comfortable with the critics, can just vacate the offices and leave space for others, after all every Zambian is entitled,” he said.
He said that there was no way Zambian people subjected to threats and intimidations all the time they wanted to express their views.
He said for as long the Judiciary was a public office; nothing would stop the people of Zambia from having freedom of expression.
Mr Mufalali said there was no need for Acting Justice Chibesakunda to occupy the office of Chief Justice when she was rejected by the law.
Mr Mufalali said justice Chibesakunda was not an eligible individual to be in that office because parliament rejected her and had saw no need for her to continue occupying that office when they were qualified people who could fit.
“Ms Chibesakunda is occupying that position illegally and it will be prudent if it is given to people who are qualified to occupy that position,” he said.
The Judiciary had threatened to institute contempt of court proceedings against persons issuing unwarranted attacks on the Supreme Court bench.
The Judiciary expressed concern on the attacks on the Supreme Court of Zambia following the outcome of Election Petitions arising out of the 2011 Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.
Last week, Acting Registrar and Director of court Operations Maka Phiri said that the growing trend of personal assault on individual Judges who were not in a position to defend themselves, as opposed to attacking the substance and content of Judgments in question was unfair.
Ms Phiri said it was unfair for anyone to single out the acting Chief Justice as being solely responsible for the outcome of any judgment of the Supreme Court.
She said that each judgment of the Supreme Court represents collective wisdom of every Judge of the Supreme Court and that ultimately the decision of the three, five, seven or nine Judges represents the decision of the entire Supreme Court.