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Written by on November 25, 2021

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development CTPD has welcomed the appointment of Justice Mumba Malila as Chief Justice, Louis Mwikisa Mukande SC as Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission, Vincent Malambo SC as Chairperson of the Judicial Complaints Commission and Mrs Kondwa Emily Sakala Chibiya as a member of the Judicial Service Commission.

CTPD Legal Researcher Luyando Muloshi says the organization believes Justice Malila is a good choice of Chief Justice and that his academic record and above 20 years of experience working as a Lawyer in almost every area of Law which include private practice, academia and government and the benchmark, makes him a good gift for the job.

She observes that with growing loss of confidence in the Judiciary, CTPD hopes that Justice Malila will contribute towards reforming the judicial system and enhancing access to justice for all.

During Justice Malila’s tenure of office, CTPD expects the promotion and protection of the Constitution, timely delivery of justice, reforms that encourage law firms to take up more pro-bono- cases and enhanced independence of the judiciary.

“The constitution is the supreme law of the land. As the head of the Judiciary and ultimate custodian of the Constitution, we expect the Chief Justice to promote and protect the values and principles entrenched within the Constitution fearlessly” Muloshi said.

Ms Muloshi says it has been uncommon seeing suspects unreasonably detained without being charged or tried resulting in some detainees staying for months and years without trial calling the situation unacceptable and a gross violation of human rights.

Meanwhile, CTPD has implored the new administration to adopt a more inclusive approach when it comes to public service appointments saying the organisation has noted with serious concern that despite a few female appointments such as Speaker of the National Assembly Nelly Mutti, much is left to be desired in terms of gender inclusivity as the judiciary has more competent women to serve in leading roles.

“The Chief Justice is mandated under the Constitution to ensure that judges and other judicial officers perform their judicial functions independently without fear, favour, or bias and with dignity, propriety, and integrity. We therefore expect Justice Malila to uphold the same during his tenure as Chief Justice” Muloshi observes.

By Raphael Mulenga

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