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Banning of John Sangwa harsh- Hakande Hichilema

Written by on March 16, 2020

UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema says the banning of John Sangwa by the judiciary is rather too harsh and draconian hence must be reversed immediately.

Mr. Hichilema says the Judiciary must understand that they are supposed to be the last pillar standing, with which aggrieved citizens can run to, for support when rights are being trampled upon as is the case with John Sangwa.

He holds that like any other institution, the Judiciary are not above the supreme law of the land which is the constitution and should therefore not be at the forefront of abrogating the rule of law. 

Mr. Hichilema indicates that the judiciary has done is an affront to civil liberties, not only against John Sangwa but against millions of other Zambians who feel the need to rise up and question some of decisions being made by the judicial system. 

Meanwhile, the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolutions of Disputes has welcomed the position taken by the Law of Association Zambia taken on its senior members Dr. Rodger Chongwe and John Sangwa over their allegedly questioning of the integrity of Constitutional court judges. 

Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka, Boniface Cheembe, the SACCORD Executive Director says his organization agrees with LAZ that courts of law and judicial officers may not be immune to criticism, but that this must not be used to weaken the role and authority that judges have in society.


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