PARLIAMENT has ratified the presidential appointment of Justice Hildah Chibomba to serve as President of the Constitutional Court.
Others ratified by Parliament include Justice Mugeni Siwale-Mulenga, Justice Anne Mwewa-Sitali, Professor Mulela Margaret Munalula, Ambassador Palan Mulonda and Mr Enoch Mulembe to serve as Judges of the Constitutional Court.
The House further ratified the presidential appointment of Justice Jane Kazora Kabuka, Justice Jones Chinyama and Justice Nigel Kalonde Mutuna to serve as judges of the Supreme Court.
Chairperson for the Parliamentary Select committee Emmanuel Chenda said the committee was satisfied that the nominees were well qualified to be appointed judges.
Mr Chenda said his committee resolved that only qualified and competent persons with unquestionable integrity, diligence, eminence, sound character and strong commitment to justice should serve as judges of the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court.
“In the case of judges of the Constitutional Court, it was also necessary that the persons appointed had the requisite specialized training or experience in human rights or constitutional law. In this regard, your committee carefully selected the witnesses to assist it scrutinise the suitability of the nominees,” Mr Chenda said.
He said the committee requested memoranda from relevant state security agencies, professional bodies and other stakeholders and the appointing authority, and that witnesses appeared before the committee to make their oral submissions.
And seconding the motion, MMD Kasengwa parliamentarian Victoria Kalima said the committee scrutinized the appointment of Constitutional and Supreme Court judges objectively and in a fair manner.
And Justice Minister Dr Ngosa Simbyakula assured the House that the appointment of both the Constitutional and the Supreme Court was thoroughly done, adding that all of them were highly qualified to serve as Constitutional and Supreme Court judges.
Dr Simbyakula cited Justice Mugeni Siwale-Mulenga as one person who had handled many constitutional matters including election petitions.
He said all the Constitutional and Supreme Court judges appointed had more than 15 years of experience with longest serving having 22 years.
And on Thursday evening, Parliament ratified the appointment of Yuyo Emma Nachali-Kambikambi as commissioner of the Human Rights Commission.
Chairperson for the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to scrutinise the appointment of Ms Kambikambi, Mwansa Kapeya said the committee was satisfied that the nominee was well qualified to be appointed commissioner.
Mr Kapeya told Parliament that the nominee had massive public relations and human rights experience that would benefit the commission.
“The nominee has 19 years working experience in both Government and civil society organisation. She joined Times of Zambia in 1992 and rose to the position of editor,” he said.
Mr Kapeya said that Ms Kambikambi has also worked for international organisations, Care International and AFRONET dealing with human right issues.
And MMD Mbala MP Mwalimu Simfukwe who seconded the notice of motion said interviews with the nominee revealed that the commission will benefit a lot from her appointment.
Choma MP Cornelius Mweetwa who supported the motion however said that the commission must be given powers to arrest and prosecute.
He said he did not want to see commissioners reporting directly back to the president who appointed them.
And UPND’s Misheck Mutelo wondered why the appointing authority could appoint one commissioner when the Commission needed two appointments.