Parliament has ratified the appointment of a youthful Lusaka lawyer as Attorney General taking over from cartel member Musa Mwenye who was fired immediately President Edgar Lungu took office in January this year.
Like when Mwenye was taking over, Kalaluka has 11 years experience at the bar which is the constitutional requirement for a candidate to be nominated for the position.
However, Kalaluka’s appointment did not come without opposition even from among other LAZ vice-president Linda Musonda.
“LAZ does not support the appointment of Mr. Likando Kalaluka as Attorney-General of the Republic of Zambia at this time,” submitted Musonda to the parliamentary committee that was scrutinising the appointment of the Attorney General.
Musonda’s argument was that Kalaluka did not have sufficient experience to become legal advisor.
“LAZ is of the position that although Mr. Kalaluka is a competent lawyer, however it was the view of both State Counsel and Council members who had appeared in the courts with him that his performance will benefit from increased experience and exposure at the Bar.
“It was the view of some members of the Association that at eleven years at the Bar Mr. Kalaluka needed a little more experience and exposure before being appointed to this office. Whilst Mr. Kalaluka, holds a senior position in the leadership of LAZ, he has only held that position for a year and we believe that holding such positions for a longer period would increase his visibility and the confidence that the profession will have in him.
“In addition, as chief legal adviser to the Government, the Attorney-General must demonstrate the qualities of objectivity, independence of mind and impartiality in giving legal advice to the Government. LAZ is of the view that Mr. Kalaluka with a little more experience in the profession and in the Association he should be able attain these qualities.”