Lungu swears in 8 High Court judges

By Staff Reporter

 

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has sworn in eight High Court Judges with a call on them to deliver quality and fair justice in the country.

 

Speaking during the swearing in ceremony at State House this morning, President Lungu said people had raised concerns over the delay in the disposal of court cases across the country.

“As you join the bench, your first task is to address one of the biggest concerns by members of the public relating to the delay in the disposal of court cases,” Lungu said.

He noted that out of the 37 High Court Judges, 21 were female and only 16 were male and that today’s appointment of more male judges was meant to balance the gender of Judges in the High Court.

“I expect that with your appointment which has substantially increased the number of High Court Judges, we will see an improvement in the time taken to dispose of court cases,” he said.

Lungu said it was the duty of the Judges to guard the integrity and independence of the judiciary by carrying out their functions without outside influence.

“As the Executive, on our part, we will continue to uphold and respect the doctrine of separation of power and the independence of the judiciary,” President Lungu said.

He stated that in accordance with article 259 of the Constitution of Zambia, appointments to public office would among other things take into account equitable representation of the youth, gender balance and regional diversity.

Those sworn in as High Court Judges include Evaristo Pengele, Koreen Etambuyu Mwenda-Zimba, Kenneth Mulife, Wilfred Godfrey Kopa Muma, Ruth Hachitapika Chibbabbuka, Abha Nayar Patel, SC, Bonaventure Chakwawa Mbewe and Kazimbe Chenda.

The ceremony was witnessed by Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima, Minister of Justice Given Lubinda and Attorney General Likando Kalaluka among other government officials.