A strong call for President Michael Sata’s impeachment for alleged breach of the constitution has prompted a reaction from chief government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni.
Political activist Dante Saunders is quoted in the Daily Nation demanding that President Sata faces impeachment process for illegally appointing Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda.
But Sakeni says it is highly irresponsible for Saunders to call for the impeachment of President Sata over the appointment of the Chief Justice.
Sakeni in a statement released to QFM News says the call is shallow, unresearched and unfounded as there is no such an appointment that the President has made in the office of the Chief Justice.
He says constitutional appointments by the President, including that of the Chief Justice, are subject to rigorous scrutiny by relevant oversight institutions, including parliament.
Saunders states that the call for impeachment, therefore, does not arise as there are adequate safeguards in the appointment of constitutional office holders.
He reminds Saunders that Parliament comprises men and women of high integrity as representatives of the people who perform their duties diligently as has been demonstrated in the past.
Sakeni says it is, therefore, mischievous for Saunders to insinuate that Parliament has been endorsing illegalities in the appointment of constitutional office holders by the Executive.
He has advised Saunders to desist from dwelling on speculations and displaying his ignorance on issues he least understands.
Sakeni adds that the government takes great exception to Saunders’ allegation that government wants to use the Judiciary, the Police, Drug Enforcement Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission and other wings to fix its perceived political opponents.
He says this is a fallacy which government dismisses with the contempt it deserves.
Sakeni says the PF government has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the rule of law and separation of powers among the three arms of Government.
He claims that the government does not influence the operations of the Judiciary because they believe in a professional and independent Judiciary as seen in the fact that all suspects in the on-going corruption and Abuse of Authority cases are enjoying their full rights as provided for in the country’s legal and justice system.