The continued stay of Malawian judge Chikopa in the country is against national interest, Gallant Youth in Zambia (GYZ) executive director, Henry Mulenga has said.
Mr Mulenga observed that the judge had been in the country for more than a year and wondered how much tax payers money had been wasted on him at the expense of addressing the shortages of Anti Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs that has rocked the country.
He said that ever since judge Chikopa came into the country, government had not shown interest to explain to the citizens of Zambia how beneficial his presence in the country had been.
“The people of Zambia have every right to know what is happening in public office and the stay of Malawian judge Chikopa’ stay in the country for so long is questionable, especially that nothing has been explained,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said it was futile to continue wasting tax payer’s money when they already knew the outcome of the Tribunal.
“Because if they know that it is not to their benefit, I am sure judge Chikopa could have by this time gone back to his own country, and returned only when required because Malawi is close to Zambia,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said that it was unfortunate that Zambia was able to keep someone for a long time without any financial worries even when people’s lives were in danger due to lack of drugs in health institutions.
“It is really questionable to keep someone for more than a year without doing anything but at the expense of the many needed services in sectors like health, education and youth unemployment,” he said.
He said that the high court had once again halted the Judge Lovemore Chikopa tribunal that was constituted to investigate the three judges, retired Supreme Court Judge Phillip Musonda and High Court judges Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga.
He explained that government was being reckless by keeping and paying Judge Chikopa for doing nothing.
President Sata in May last year suspended Supreme Court Judge Phillip Musonda, High Court Judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna on allegations that the trio interfered with a case involving the Post Newspapers, JNC holding limited and Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ).