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Zambian President Fires Justice Minister over Botched Judges’ Suspension

Zambian President Michael Sata has revoked the appointment of justice minister Sebastian Zulu following a botched attempt by the PF government to run the judiciary.

Zulu is at the centre of the confusion in the Zambian judiciary which has seen the suspension of three judges – Phillip Musonda, Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna – for alleged professional misconduct.

The three judges were suspended for finding Sata’s allies – Fred M’membe and Mutembo Nchito – wanting over a defaulted public loan of over K14 billion.

The suspension of the three judges is seemingly dragging despite President Sata hiring a Malawian judge to investigate them through a tribunal which was stopped by the High Court.

Sata’s press aide George Chellah has announced the development in Lusaka today through a statement saying President Michael Sata has revoked the appointment of Mr. Sebastian Zulu, SC as Minister of Justice.

The Head of State confirmed the revocation of the appointment in his letter to Mr. Zulu. The Supreme Court on August 28 indefinitely adjourned the state’s appeal on the tribunal while its chairperson continue to enjoy Zambian tax payers in the Lusaka.

President Sata had previously described Zulu’s work as useless following a commission of inquiry report he presented and did not offer the pre-determined conclusion of the head of state and his friends.

 

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