PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is disappointed that former Attorney General Musa Mwenye has launched a spiteful campaign meant to cast aspersions on the Zambian judiciary but has vowed that he is going to defend the justice system in Zambia from unwarranted attacks.
He said he is going to consult the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) on whether it was not injudicious for a serving member of the Bar such as Mr Mwenye to cast aspersions on the integrity of the Zambian judiciary.
The President said he was also going to find out from the Chief Justice Irene Mambilima on whether it was judicious for Mr Mwenye to continue being a member of the Bar when he had claimed that he (Mwenye) had no confidence in the Zambian judiciary.
President Lungu said this yesterday at State House when he swore in five Supreme Court Judges that included Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga who at the time they were High Court Judges were suspended by late president Michael Sata and were subjected to a Lovemore Chikopa Tribunal.
Others who were sworn in were Justices Michael Musonda, Jane Kazora Kabuka, and Jones Chinyama.
Mr Mwenye through Leigh Day, a United Kingdom law firm has sued Vedanta Resources and its subsidiary Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) in the High Court of Justice Technology and Construction over the pollution of water in Chingola over which about 1,800 residents sued the mining giant in Zambia.
Mr Mwenye has claimed through his expert report that he has no confidence in the Zambian judicial system and President Lungu is not amused at the allegations because Zambians had a lot of confidence in the country’s judiciary.
Leigh Day is a law firm once embroiled in controversy over rejected claims torture by British soldiers in Iraq has also been accused of failing to ensure that 6 million pounds in damages reached thousands of victims of toxic waste scandal in Ivory Coast.
“Some Zambians have sued a Zambian mining firm at the instigation of Zambian lawyers claiming they have no confidence in the Zambian judiciary.
They are casting aspersions on the Zambian judiciary and is saying that he has no confidence in the Zambian judiciary but he is still serving on the Bar. I will defend the integrity of our judiciary and I will consult the Law Association of Zambia if it is correct to cast aspersions on the judiciary and still remain a member. I will also probe this matter with the Chief Justice,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said the legal profession was a thankless job but that he was exceedingly disappointed that Mr Mwenye, a senior member of the Bar could launch such a malicious propaganda to discredit Zambia’s judicial system. The Head of State said he was going to probe why Mr Mwenye had ventured into scandalizing the Zambia judiciary to the
international community when the country’s judicial system was one of the most respected in the world.
He said there were some people who were saying that the judiciary is not doing enough yet the Zambian judiciary was doing a commendable job for Zambians.
President Lungu said Zambians were always looking to the judiciary when in difficulties, stating that individual citizens and politicians often ran to the judiciary to seek justice.
And special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda told journalists people in Chingola had sued KCM in the High Court of Justice, Technology and Construction Court and that the matter was between Dominic Lungowe and others and Vedanta as the first defendant and KCM as the second defendant.