Kabimba calls for independent legal system


ZAMBIA needs a progressive and independent judiciary which is accountable to the majority of the people it serves, Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba has said.
Mr Kabimba said the country’s judiciary should be sensitive to the court of public opinion and promote good governance and human rights.
Speaking in a presentation on legal and justice reforms in Zambia during the seventh annual State Advocates workshop in Livingstone yesterday, he said it was vital to have a judicial system which did not believe in divinity of judgments it pronounced.
He said in a constitutional democracy such as that of Zambia, a legal and justice system which was able to meet and fulfill the aspirations of the people was most appropriate.
He said the lack of political will since independence to reform the legal and justice system in Zambia could have contributed to growing poverty and inequality and slowed economic development.
He said a Police Service, which promoted the civil liberties of individual citizens and the human rights regime of all citizens was another aspect of a just legal system.
He called for a Prison Service which was not penal but reformatory so as to ensure that prisoners had a post-prison life as citizens.
He said under the MMD administration, the stakeholders in the judiciary and the general public had lost hope about judicial reforms.
Justice Permanent Secretary Joseph Akafumba urged participants to put in their best during the workshop.