Zambia gets new Deputy Chief Justice

PARLIAMENT yesterday ratified the Presidential appointment of Justice Marvin Mwanamwambwa as Deputy Chief Justice.

The House also ratified the appointment of Mr David Matongo as a member of the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and Geoffrey Simukoko as a member of the Judicial Complaints Authority.

Presenting the report of the select committee, chairperson Kapembwa Simbao said that the new appointees had  good track records.

Mr Simbao, who is Nsenga Hill Patriotic Front(PF) member of Parliament, said his committee had no doubt that the nominees would perform to the expected standards as they were suitably qualified and competent to handle the positions they had been appointed to.

“Your committee took note of the fact that the three nominees were being appointed to serve in key governance institutions in the country. We had an opportunity to carefully scrutinise their curriculum vitae to ensure that they were suitably qualified and competent for the positions they have been appointed to,” he said.

Mr Simbao said Justice Mwanamwambwa was result-oriented becouse only a few of his judgments when he was a High Court judge were overturned on appeal by the Supreme Court.

On Mr Simukoko, the nsenga Hills parliamentarian said the experience he had gained from his 41 years standing at the Bar was a clear indication that he the the mantle to handle the new appointment.

And Mr Simbao said the expertise gained by Mr Matongo from the various parastatals he once worked for made them believe that he could discharge his functions diligently.

He told Parliament that the committee took into consideration the fact that Mr Matongo resigned from the United Party for National Development (UPND) in 2011 and was therefore non-partisan.

And in contributing to the motion, Luena (UPND) member of Parliament Getrude Imenda called on the newly appointed to be professional in their discharge of duties.

Ms Imenda told Parliament that appointments should be taken seriously because they affected all Zambians in one way or the other.

And Justice Minister Ngosa Simbyakula said all witnesses who testified before the committee spoke highly of the trio which was an indication that they were capable of doing the job.

The appointment of Justice Mwanamwambwa was made pursuant of Article 93(1) of the Constitution of Zambia while that of Mr Simukoko was made under provisions of section 20(2) of the Judicial Code of Conduct Act number 13 of 1999 and section 4(3) and (4) of the ECZ Act chapter 17 of the laws of Zambia necessitated the appointment of Mr Matongo.

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