PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he has never called or talked to any judge to influence his or her judgment in any court matter.
Speaking when he swore in eight Court of Appeal judges at State House yesterday, President Lungu said opposition politicians had been accusing him of interfering in court rulings.
“Some people from the opposition have been accusing me of interfering with judges but I have never called or talked to any judge,” President Lungu said.
The Head of State said all the judges had been working independently contrary to allegations by some opposition political parties that he had been interfering with their operations.
President Lungu swore in Justice Fulgency Mwenya Chisanga as president for the Court of Appeal and Justice Chalwe Farai Ralph Mchenga as vice president.
Others sworn are Justice Catherine Kunda Makungu, Justice Justin Chashi, Justice Flavia Malata Chishimba, Justice Judy Zulu Mulongoti, Justice Dominic Yeta Sichinga and Justice Mubanga Mweniweningwe Kondolo.
President Lungu implored the judges to continue working independently.
“I want to assure you that working conditions such as office accommodation and any other facilities are made available so that you are able to work in a conducive environment and be able to deliver justice to the people of Zambia,” he said. The Head of State, who congratulated the judges, said it was expensive to accommodate judges but his Government would do everything possible to make them comfortable.
President Lungu said he would also ensure that offices for the judges were expanded in order to enhance their operations.