The Supreme Court ruling saved President Michael Sata from being impeached for serious breach of the constitution, says Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi.
A finding against the appeal would have triggered impeachment proceedings and possible elections.
But President Sata has been warned that Zambians know that former Chief Justice Ernest Sakala and his deputy were hounded out of office to pave way for a tribunal which would be favourable to the cartel owing DBZ a K14 billion loan, from the Dvelopment Bank of Zambia.
Political Activist Brebner Changala said the recruitment of retired judges Lombe Chibesakunda and Florence Mumba to preside over the matter of the tribunal was not lost on the Zambian people.
“We are also aware that the same judges may be presiding over the K14 billion DBZ appeal case in the Supreme Court which may result into a favourable outcome for the cartel, but let them be assured that this will not be the end of the matter.
“Whatever will transpire from the tribunal and the judgment will not be the end of things because of the manner the bench was constituted. A final determination will come at an appropriate time to favour the cartel.” Said Mr Milupi
Mr. Milupi said that the double standards exhibited in the Supreme Court ruling over the tribunal, was not only confusing but critical in saving President Sata from being impeached when parliament re-opens next month.
And Zambian Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali says that the outcome of the Lovemore Chikopa Tribunal has already been predetermined to punish the three judges for carrying out their judicial duties professionally.
This could be seen from the statement by Vice President Guy Scott who seemed privy to the Supreme Court’s ruling when he announced that the tribunal was going to sit, long before the judgment.
He said that the ruling was to keep Mr. Sata out of trouble, adding that it was sad that men and women entrusted to interpret the law conducted themselves in such a questionable manner.
And Mr. Tayali said that Zambians would always question the credibility and impartiality of the Lovemore Chikopa Tribunal constituted to investigate the conduct of Supreme Court Judge Philip Musonda and two High Court Judges Nigel Kalonde Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga.
Mr. Tayali said that it was now clear that the tribunal set by President Sata to investigate the professional misconduct of the three judges was ill timed by greedy people whose interest was to see the judges in trouble for their judicial duties.
He said that it was therefore, important for the people of Zambia to denounce and reject the tribunal as it did not have value for the country let alone the judiciary.
Mr. Tayali said that Judge Chikopa was not expected to be impartial in his conduct because he was on the pay roll before the tribunal could even start sitting when the matter was still in the courts of law.
“This man (Chikopa) is a hired gun who has amassed a lot of wealth from this country. He was living comfortably so how do you expect him to handle or preside over the tribunal in a fair and impartial manner.
This man is here to discredit those judges and it is high time the people of Zambia stopped this,” he said.
Mr Belemu said that the PF government was presiding over a corrupt regime whose interest was to amass wealth at all cost regardless of the situation.
He said that the whole tribunal process was prejudicial and corrupt by a corrupt Patriotic Front (PF) government and its allies, whose sole intention was shamelessly aimed at intimidating the judiciary and those that believed in the respect of the rule of law.
Mr. Belemu said that it was shameful for Judge Chikopa to be used in a corrupt scandal to sit and preside over a corrupt process whose outcome was immoral and un-credible.
“He is been in this country since last year and has been kept by President Sata and his friends to ensure that the three judges are ‘fixed’.
One surprising thing is that even at the time the matter was taken to court Chikopa stayed on meaning that he was aware about the outcome of the case.
“So how do you honestly trust such a predetermined and corrupt process of the tribunal which will only parade Zambian judges to ridicule?” wondered Mr. Belemu.