The Non-Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) Chairperson Sara Hlupekile Longwe condemns in the strongest terms
the intimidating statement attributed to President Edgar Lungu against the ConCourt judges.
” In this statement, made while addressing his political party members in Solwezi on Thursday, 2nd November
2017, the President presumed to instruct ConCourt on how it should take decisions on a crucial
constitutional matter that is currently before the Court.
The President’s statement went further to suggest that there were Zambian court judges who are
collaborating with a section of the international community to bar him from standing in the 2021
election. This is a clear and grievous breach of the constitutional principle of the separation of power between the executive and the judiciary,” Ms Longwe said.
She said the President’s statement was obviously intended to put undue pressure on the Judiciary to interpret the
Constitution in his favour and even seems to warn of some unspecified sanction if the ConCourt rules
Ms Longwe said the statement is symptomatic of the growing trend by power hungry African leaders who want to cling to power at whatever cost.
“We therefore support the recent statement by the Law Association of Zambia demanding that the
president stops this unconstitutional interference with our courts of law. Instead we suggest that the
president should spend more of his time on improving the living conditions of all the women and
children in this country who currently live in deplorable and desperate conditions,” she said.