The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has chastised UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema for accusing some Constitutional Court Judges of corruption.
During a press briefing at his residence in Lusaka yesterday, Hichilema accused Constitutional Court judges Anne Mwewa Sitali, Palan Musonda and Mungeni Mulenga of being corrupt.
But in a statement issued today, LAZ president Linda Kasonde says the association condemns the making of unsubstantiated corruption allegations against judges and other judicial officers, saying this has the potential to create anarchy.
“The Law Association of Zambia is gravely concerned at very serious allegations that have been leveled against members of the Judiciary by United Party for National Development president Mr Hakainde Hichilema. In particular, LAZ is concerned about allegations of corruption on the following judges of the Constitutional Court: Judge Anne Mwewa Sitali, Judge Palan Musonda and Judge Mungeni Mulenga. LAZ strongly condemns the making of any unsubstantiated claims, particularly of corruption, against any member of the judiciary,” Kasonde stated.
She advised members of the public with evidence of corruption against any judicial officer or public servant to lodge a complaint with the relevant authorities, such as the Judicial Complaints Commission.
“As LAZ has advised on several occasions, any member of the public with evidence of corruption against any judicial officer or public servant should lodge a complaint with the relevant authorities, such as the Judicial Complaints Commission, together with substantiated evidence.
“LAZ, like any concerned member of the public is interested in the preservation of the Judiciary as an institution that is mandated to uphold the rule of law, justice and integrity in the nation. Judicial officers by virtue of their positions cannot publicly defend themselves. We therefore implore the UPND and the public in general to desist from making allegations against Judicial officers without caution, due care and consideration as careless and substantiated allegations have the potential of creating anarchy and eroding public confidence in this institution.”