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Zambia not Happy with Malawian Judge Lovemore Chikopa

By Amalawi - Wed Mar 27, 10:42 am

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Lilongwe, Malawi: The Judicial and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (JAWUZ) has said that the continued stay of Malawian Judge, Lovemore Chikopa in the country is consuming Zambian resources and demeaning the country’s judicial system.

Vincent Makondo the secretary general of the union has since reiterated his union’s call for Judge Chikopa to go back to Malawi and only return to Zambia when his services will be needed.

In May 2012 President Michael Sata swore in Malawi High court Judge Lovemore Chikopa and three other members of the tribunal – former High court Judges Naboth Mwanza and Thomas Ndlovu while Chipili Katunase Magayane was the secretary.

They were expected to investigate the alleged professional misconduct of three Judges he claimed acted unprofessional in the case involving a $2.7 million loan to a local airline which involved the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) and Post Newspapers Limited, JNC investment holdings and Mutembo Nchito.

The investigations were suspended even before they started as the accused judges obtained a court ruling to stop the tribunal from sitting. The case will resume at some point in the future but the date is not yet set.

 

Lovemore Chikopa

Lovemore Chikopa

 

Judge Chikopa’s has continued to stay in Zambia at the expense of tax payers despite having no work to do as he awaits the reopening of the case. The African Parliamentarian Network against Corruption (APNAC) last year challenged the Zambian government to state clearly what Malawian judge Lovemore Chikopa is still doing in the country when the tribunal he is supposed to head has not yet commenced sitting. APNAC chairperson Cornelius Mweetwa said the continued stay of Judge Chikopa in Zambia is a serious abuse of public resources and that it sends a clear message that he will be compromised.

In May 2012 the then Justice minister Sebastian Zulu was quoted as saying ‘If the Supreme Court takes a longer time to hear the matter, I agree that the judge should first go back to Malawi until the matter is disposed of in court.’

 

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