The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has maintained that Justice Lombe Chibesakunda is not qualified to hold the office of the Chief Justice and has given the executive a 30-day ultimatum to resolve the matter or the association will commence court action against the Acting Chief Justice.
The lawyers at their extraordinary Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday said they would use all dignified and affirmative measures alongside the court action against Justice Chibesakunda who has been roundly condemned for refusing to step aside even when she knew that her stay at the helm of the Judiciary was constitutionally illegal.
LAZ honorary secretary Linda Kasonde said in a statement yesterday that the AGM had mandated the Council of LAZ to take legal action on the continued stay of Justice Chibesakunda which would be preceded by engaging relevant authorities within the reasonable time not exceeding one month.
Ms Kasonde said the association was going to engage the executive with the view that the vacancy in the substantive office of the Chief Justice of the Republic of Zambia was filled.
“In the event that that the engagement with the relevant authorities fails, the Council of LAZ shall proceed in accordance with the mandate given by the past AGM to litigate this matter. The litigation will be undertaken along with other forms of dignified and affirmative action by the members of the association until the substantive position of the office of the Chief Justice is filled,” reads part of the statement.
The lawyers who attended the extra ordinary meeting at Mulungushi Conference Center said LAZ had maintained its resolution from the last AGM that Justice Chibesakunda was a constitutional illegality and should therefore vacate the office of the Chief Justice.