Pressure is mounting for Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba to voluntarily step down to allow for comprehensive investigations that will allow his juniors including Solicitor General Musa Mwenye to give evidence without intimidation.
Kabimba has been asked to emulate former Transport and Communications Minister Dora Siliya who stepped down to pave way for investigations in the case of alleged misconduct and abuse of office under the MMD government.
Acting Lusaka Province youth chairman Julius Komaki said that youths have given the ruling party secretary general 48hrs to immediately resign from his position or be forced out in the interest of justice.
Komaki said since the Kabimba tribunal was already in place, it was incumbent upon the Justice Minister to relinquish his position to allow for free investigations to clear his name.
“He is Justice Minister, so he knows that it is in the interest of justice that he resigns to allow for investigations over issues raised against him. In fact, two former deputy ministers Ronald Chitotela, Labour and Agriculture’s Rodgers Mwewa were dropped pending corruption investigations,” he said.
And Open Society Foundation executive director Sunday Chanda has said that Kabimba has no choice but to step down now that a tribunal has been constituted to investigate his alleged abuse of office and misconduct on his part.
Chanda a supporter of PF policies and government said that Kabimba must respond to the allegations leveled against him.
And Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi says the constitution of a tribunal to try Kabimba is long overdue and must be supported by all well-meaning Zambians.
Komaki said PF youths in Lusaka have organized mass demonstration in protests against Kabimba’s continued stay in office despite the establishment of a tribunal to probe him.
And Milupi said the constitution of a tribunal was a most welcome development which must serve as a lesson to other overzealous PF ministers.
“The constitution of the tribunal is welcome and we support it because the allegations levelled against Mr. Kabimba are serious.
He said the tribunal should act and serve as a lesson to all other PF government ministers and Members of Parliament who felt that they were above the law and could do anything with impunity.
Petitioners Brebner Changala and Lucky Mulusa want Kabimba investigated on whether or not the letter copied to Justice Chibesakunda and President Sata constituted interference in the independence of the judiciary as guaranteed by the laws of Zambia.
The matter arises from a ruling in which MMD president Mumba was charged with contempt of Court.
It was revealed that Kabimba had used government legal opinion on a PF letterhead which letter was copied to acting chief justice Chibesakunda and President Sata over the nullification of three parliamentary seats held by the opposition.