Opposition political parties on the Copperbelt have expressed concern at the delay by the Patriotic Front Government to appoint a permanent chief justice.
And Movement for Multiparty Democracy Provincial Publicity Secretary Yotum Mutai Chalo says that government should put the matter to rest as it is not healthy for a democratic country like Zambia not to have a chief Justice.
United Party for National Development presidential trustee Connywell Sakala says it is unfortunate that government was drugging its feet to appoint chief justice to date.
“It is quiet unfortunate that the Patriotic Front government has drugged the people of Zambia this far when there are a lot of qualified people for this position”, Mr Sakala said.
ZANIS reports from Ndola that the opposition leaders said this in separate interviews, today.
He said there are three arms of government and all should function fully in order to supplement each other. He said once the people start doubting the courts of law it will lead to suspicions.
Mr. Sakala said government should elevate the deputy chief justice to the position of chief justice if they want a woman to fill up that position.
“We challenge the PF government to elevate the deputy chief justice if they want a woman to fill up the position”, he said.
Mr. Sakala however pointed out that the people of Zambia should refrain from appointing relations to higher posts as this may cost the country in future.
He said Zambia should continue living in the spirit of “one Zambia one Nation” as introduced by the first republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda.
“We should not chose people from the same region when giving posts, let the same spirit that our president Dr Kenneth Kaunda brought of one Zambia one nation, and one nation one people among the people of Zambia continue”, he said.
And Movement for Multiparty Democracy Provincial Publicity Secretary Yotum Chalo says that government should put the matter to rest as it is not healthy for a democratic country like Zambia not to have a chief Justice.
Mr Chalo said that it has been one year and six months from the time the Patriotic Front was voted into government and there are still no signs of anyone occupying the office permanently.
He said that the absence of a full time chief justice is making it difficult to permanent reforms.
He added on that the president should heed advise from the committee in parliament on the appointment of a chief justice as the age of the of the acting chief justice disqualifies her.