Kabimba defends Chibesakunda

Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba

JUSTICE Minister Wynter Kabimba has said acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda is legally in office despite attaining the mandatory retirement age of 65 years.
Mr Kabimba said the Zambian Constitution provided clear guidance on the retirement of judges.
He said according to the Republican Constitution, there was a provision for judges upon reaching the retirement age to continue in office on contracts for a period of seven years.
He said the rejection of Ms Justice Chibesakunda by the parliamentary select committee did not imply that this was a final decision.
Mr Kabimba was reacting to Heritage Party (HP) leader Godfrey Miyanda on the political cross fire programme on Radio Two on Tuesday where the opposition leader expressed concerns over the prolonged stay in office by Ms Justice Chibesakunda when her name had been rejected by the select parliamentary committee.
“For me as a lawyer, picking up the issues from the media is wrong because there is no evidence to that and it’s regarded in law as hearsay. Brigadier General Miyanda was at liberty to write to my office for proper explanation over the continued stay in office by Chief Justice Lombe ChibesaKunda. We don’t run the country over the opinion of hearsay or through the press,” Mr Kabimba said.
A number of organisations, including the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) have expressed their concerns over the contractual jobs given to judges, saying that would bring about favour and compromise towards the party in power as it was the case during the MMD regime.