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Written by on July 1, 2020

President Edgar Lungu says he will leave the innocence of Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya  to the prosecution and the courts  to prove him otherwise.

In a press statement obtained by flava fm news, president Lungu has expressed concern over remarks from some quarters  of society that health minister  Dr Chitalu Chilufya has continued  to serve  as minister despite having been charged with corruption.

He says despite being charged with criminal offences  in the case of corruption allegations  ,Hon Chilufya is currently innocent until proven otherwise  by the courts of law.

He says this assumption is predicated on the principle of presumption of innocence  which is enshrined in the constitution of Zambia  and is consistent with according  an accused a fair trial.

President Lungu says according to Article 18 (2) of the Zambian constitution ,every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed  to be innocent until he or she is proved  or pleads guilty adding that since the Zambian constitution  as stated in Article 1(1) overrides  any other written law or customary law or customary practices stressing that everyone must  respect the resumption of innocence law.

He adds a mere allegation is not conviction and it is not the duty of the accused to prove his innocence and that the principle of presumption of innocence  until proven guilty by the courts of law is also enshrined in the African charter on human  and people’ rights  and the international covenant for civil and political rights.

And President lungu says he respects the independence of the judiciary  and other organs such as the police,the  anti-corruption commission and the drug enforcement commission among others and says he will do nothing to interfere in the operations of these  entities as long as he remains president.

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