RB STATEMENT ON THE JUDIACIARY ALARMING – MMD

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(MMD) has expressed alarm at remarks attributed to former Republican President Mr. Rupiah Banda, carried in the Muvi TV 1830hrs News Bulletin of Sunday 22nd May, 2016 and other media, in which he is alleged to have said Dr. Mumba will run from court to court to seek redress on the issue of the illegal convention held in Kabwe this past weekend, but will merely exhaust himself as he will not win this case.

Reacting to the above position by Mr. Banda, Acting Party Spokesperson Irene Musonda has said if indeed the remarks are confirmed as correct, it is most unfortunate because then Mr. Banda is casting doubt on the independence and professionalism of the Zambian Judiciary and that the outcome of the matter is already pre-determined irrespective of the issues the party will raise and present to the courts.

Ms Musonda has said the kind of illegality, immorality, manupulation and ‘dirty politics’ such as have been exhibited in the issues surrounding the illegal gathering that met in Kabwe, typify the very reasons why Dr. Nevers Mumba has been compelled to enter politics in order to bring morality, integrity, decency, justice and sanity in the governance of our great country. The criminality and callous disregard for procedure and the rule of law which characterised the shameful ‘RB convention’ is highy reminiscent of the corruption and arrogance which characterised the last days of RB in power and inspite recording unmatched, rhobust economic indicators and a tremendous governance record, Zambians were forced to vote the MMD out of power in 2011.

Ms Musonda said contrary to the negative insinuations and assertions made by Mr. Banda on the freedom of the Zambian Judiciary, Dr. Mumba has in the past received fair hearing and judgement from Zambian Courts of Law on almost every case that has been thrown at him to challenge his leadership of the party since taking over in May 2012. The party therefore has no doubt, that as has been the case in the past, the Courts will look at this case on its own merit, independently and fairly.

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