9 November 2012

Zambia: Executive Has No Hand in Judiciary Decisions - Sakeni

CHIEF Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has advised citizens against politicising court decisions but allow the due process of the law to get to its logical conclusion.

Mr Sakeni, who is Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, said in a statement yesterday that the Executive had no hand in decisions of the Judiciary in the dispensation of justice.

He was reacting to sentiments expressed by the Council of Churches of Zambia in its pastoral letter that former human resources officer at the Ministry of Health, Henry Kapoko's acquittal was "suspicious".

Mr Sakeni said the Government was committed to the rule of law and independence of the judiciary as one of the major pillars of a thriving democracy.

"In keeping with the principle of separation of powers among the three arms of the State, Government has no hand in the decisions of the Judiciary in the dispensation of justice," he said.

Last week, Mr Kapoko and eight others were acquitted of theft and money laundering charges involving K1.9 billion.

Senior Resident Magistrate Kenneth Mulife also acquitted Mr Kapoko and a lodge manager of issuing cheques on an insufficiently-funded account.

The acquittal brought to an end a three-year court process during which time the accused lost their jobs and property seized in the course of investigations

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