Lungu justifies referendum

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has justified the holding of the referendum alongside the general elections, saying it will help the country save on cost.

The Head of State said this yesterday when he swore in nine High Court judges and one State Counsel.

The President urged Zambians to turn up and vote en mass in the referendum which would be held alongside the general elections on 11th August, 2016.

The President said voting in favour of the referendum would give way to the repealing and replacing of Article 79 of the Constitution of Zambia.

“Failure to vote for this referendum now will be costly for the country to do it later” President Lungu said.

The Head of State has  said the appointment of the High Court Judges was at the right time when the Constitution of Zambia had been amended hence the people of Zambia had great expectations from the judges.

President Lungu also stated that in view of the amended Constitution, it was imperative to revisit some laws to make them consistent with the current Constitution.

He expressed confidence that the judges would be equal to the task and would be able to execute their duties within their professional ethics, as the only way they would gain respect and support of the Zambian people.

“Many times members of the public formed perceptions about the judges because of their conduct which did not conform to the norms,” he said.

The ceremony was witnessed by Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima, Deputy Chief Justice Mervin Mwanamwambwa, Minister of Justice Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula and Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Roland Msiska among other Government Officials.

Meanwhile, President Lungu called on the Judiciary to be ethical and maintain its integrity.

The Head of State urged the new judges to be equal to the task.

President Lungu said the job of the judge was not glamorous and called on Naya Patel who has been elevated to the position of State Counsel to help in fair interpretation of the law.

The Head of State swore in justice Sunday Bwalya Nkonde, Justice Pixie Kasonde Yangailo, Justice Mathew Likuba Zulu, Justice Bubile Grace Lungu and Justice Maria Mapani Kawimbe.

Others are Justice Sharon Kaunda Newa, Davies Chali Mumba, Charles Zulu, and Susan Mtonga Wanjelani.