by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 18 Apr 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 18 Apr 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Apr 2019by Mukosha Funga on 18 Apr 2019
- Goal Diggers
by Abraham Kalito on 27 Mar 2019by Abraham Kalito on 26 Mar 2019by Abraham Kalito on 26 Mar 2019by Abraham Kalito on 26 Mar 2019
by Stuart Lisulo in Lumwana on 18 Apr 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 17 Apr 2019by Stuart Lisulo on 17 Apr 2019by Mirriam Chabala on 15 Apr 2019
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Apr 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Apr 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Apr 2019by Zondiwe Mbewe on 18 Apr 2019
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Reporter on 4 Mar 2019by Andyford Mayele Banda on 29 Jan 2019by Davies Mwila on 22 Jan 2019by Diggers Reporter on 17 Jan 2019
by Diggers Editor on 18 Apr 2019by Diggers Editor on 17 Apr 2019by Diggers Editor on 16 Apr 2019by Diggers Editor on 14 Apr 2019
by Felix Kashweka on 2 Apr 2019by Thomas Mulenga on 29 Mar 2019by McQueen Zaza on 26 Mar 2019by Zindikilani Banda in Sinda on 20 Mar 2019
- Guest Diggers
by Dr Munyonzwe Hamalengwa on 18 Apr 2019by Chisoni Mumba, PhD on 14 Apr 2019by Dr Chisoni Mumba, PhD on 28 Mar 2019by Sishuwa Sishuwa on 25 Mar 2019
PF will need the judiciary that it is destroying today – AndyfordBy Zondiwe Mbewe on 20 Aug 2018
People’s Alliance for Change leader Andyford Banda has advised the Patriotic Front to ensure that they do not destroy any institution especially the judiciary saying they will be running to the same institutions when out of power.
And Banda says Zambia has a lot to learn from the South African judiciary which ensured the invalidation of that country’s National Prosecuting Authority director Shaun Abrahams for being illigall .
Meanwhile Banda says the Kasenengwa by-election campaigns are going well and his party has a lot of confidence of winning the seat.
Recently the South African Constitutional Court found that the appointment of National Prosecuting Authority boss Shaun Abrahams was unconstitutional and invalid.
Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga said former president Jacob Zuma’s decision to terminate Abraham’s predecessor, Mxolisi Nxasana’s position as the National Director of Public Prosecutions, was an abuse of power and that Abrahams was a beneficiary of that abuse thus his appointment was unconstitutional as well.
Commenting on the development in an interview with News Diggers! Banda said Zambia had a lot to learn from South Africa.
He observed that the South African judiciary had demonstrated that it was independent of any political interference.
“I think as a country we have a lot of things to learn from South Africa. The South African judiciary has really demonstrated that it is independent of any political interference. And we have seen a number of cases that have been brought to court by the opposition, going through. And we can refer this to the recent ruling by the Constitutional Court of South Africa to invalidate the appointment of Shaun Abrahams as National Prosecuting Authority director. There is a lot that we can learn. You will find that the Constitutional Court was categorically clear that President Zuma abused authority when he terminated the former NPA boss,” he said.
Banda advised the Patriotic Front to ensure that they do not destroy any institution especially the judiciary, warning that they would need it.
“We have a similar situation in Zambia where former director Mutembo Nchito’s contract was terminated which in some instances could have been seen that it was a political move. But when you have an independent judiciary, you will find that even when such things happen, you will have a place to run to. And my advice is that those that are in authority, the PF, they need to make sure that they do not destroy any institution especially the judiciary because these are the same institutions that they will be running to when they are out of power,” he said.
“These are the same institutions that they would want to save them when they are out of power. So it’s important that when you are in power you do not destroy institutions, you do not abuse the authority because when you are out of authority you will find that the same institutions that you have been destroying are the ones that should save you. So this ruling of terminating Shaun Abraham’s contract by the Constitutional Court of South Africa is a great stamp on the South African judiciary. We hope that the Zambian judicial system can learn something from what South Africa is doing.”
Meanwhile Banda said campaigns for the Kasenengwa by-elections were going well and they had a lot of confidence as a party.
He noted that PF had lost a lot of supporters as could be seen from voter apathy.
“The campaigns for Kasenengwa by-elections are going well. So far we are pushing and we have a lot of confidence. If you look at the recent by-elections, you will notice that the PF have lost a lot of supporters. Even just the recent council chairperson elections in Kasenengwa, you will find that only 14 percent of people voted. So our job is to device new plans of ensuring that we entice a lot of people to vote. We give them a message, we give them a reason that they should stand up and vote. But we are very confident that those who are not voting, if they were to stand up and vote, they wouldn’t vote for PF,” he said.
Banda further noted that traditional methods of campaigning were no longer working because if they were working, a lot of people would stand up to vote.
“Also what this shows is that traditional methods of campaigning are not working because if they were working, a lot of people would stand up to vote. There’s a lot of voter apathy in recent elections and yet we still continue to use the same methods of campaigning. So what we have done as PAC is to device a new plan of campaigning to ensure that we can bring a number of voters on board in the Kasenengwa by-election. Once people just stand up, once people make a commitment to go and vote, I think we are confident that we will scoop the seat. Otherwise we will do our best and we will live the rest to God,” said Banda.
About Zondiwe Mbewe
Zondiwe is a vibrant young Zambian journalist who has interest in writing political and current affairs on issues which affect every Zambians. She draws inspiration from journalists who stand for what is right and are not afraid to tell and show the truth to the people.
Email: zondiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
- UPND will transform public universities into centres of innovation – Lungwangwa - 18 Apr 2019
- DPP gives consent for Mwaliteta’s prosecution in offensive weapon case - 18 Apr 2019
- I connived with cocaine thieves so I could expose them, court official tells court - 18 Apr 2019
- ConCourt to rule on whether Deputy Mayors are eligible to re-contest their positions on May 17 - 18 Apr 2019
- Give me respect when you’re on my soil, Nkomeshya tells Prof Luo - 18 Apr 2019
- Kambwili unveils shadow cabinet, drops Musenge
- Citizens are now paying for voting for campaign songs, says Sinkamba
- UPND will transform public universities into centres of innovation – Lungwangwa
- Zambia, Botswana failing to implement laws governing extractive industries – Report
- GBM is detached from UPND, says Mucheleka, as Mwamba fights on
Subscribe for email alerts
ArchivesMay0 PostsJun0 PostsJul0 PostsAug0 PostsSep0 PostsOct0 PostsNov0 PostsDec0 Posts
- April 2019
- March 2019
- February 2019
- January 2019
- December 2018
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend