THERE cannot be economic independence without a formidable legal system that supports its operations to foster a national development agenda, Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
He said emerging markets required effective legal institutions to inspire suitability and fight the effects of corruption in a national economy.
Mr Mnangawa said this could help stabilize growing economies although it might not relate to all the people at once.
He was speaking during the 40th graduation anniversary of the University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Law class of 1975 at a dinner held in their honour at Lusaka’s Pamodzi Hotel.
Mr Mnangagwa was in Zambia for the first class reunion since their graduation in 1975 with the surviving members from a total of 47 lawyers who graduated in that year.
“Our class has made significant contribution to the Republic of Zambia and Zimbabwe. This will go a long way in sustaining our economies and dealing with the injustice we are going through as countries.
“Emerging markets require many legal institutions for inspiration and also to cut down the levels of corruption in a country,” he said.
Mr Mnangagwa said the Class of ’75 had made significant contributions to the Zambian judicial system and beyond with many of its graduates holding prominent positions including Attorney General, Solicitor General, High Court judges, magistrates and a central bank governor and company secretaries among others.
Earlier, prominent lawyer and also a member of Class ’75 Bonaventure Mutale said their class had excelled much more than any other UNZA law class before or after 1975.
Mr Mutale said with Mr Mnangawa as Republican Vice President of Zimbabwe, most of the 1975 law school graduates have gone ahead to be state counsels (SC), judges and solicitor-generals as well as established law firms among their success stories.
Among the notable names from the Class of ’75 are former Bank of Zambia governor Michael Gondwe, former Foreign Affairs and also former Information minister late Remmy Mushota, late Justice Tamula Kakusa and former Mwandi member of Parliament, Dr Sipula Kabanje.
Others include Chasefu MP, Chifumu Banda, Lillian Mushota, Alex Munsanya, Andrea Masiye of Andrea Masiye and Company where President Edgar Lungu emanated from and the current Electoral Commission of Zambia chairman Essau Chulu.
Class ’75 boasts of a republican vice president, six state counsels, six High Court judges, four doctors, an attorney-general, two solicitor- generalS, a central bank governor, MPs, permanent secretaries and two ambassadors among others.