‘Leave ConCourt alone’

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

IT is re­gret­table that some sec­tions of so­ci­ety are at­tack­ing the Con­sti­tu­tional Court a few days be­fore judgement re­gard­ing the 2021 el­i­gi­bil­ity case of Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu, Young African Lead­ers Ini­tia­tive pres­i­dent An­drew Ntewewe has said.

Mr Ntewewe said his or­gan­i­sa­tion has noted with dis­ap­point­ment sen­ti­ments at­trib­uted to sup­pos­edly im­mi­nent peo­ple who have even reached the point of de­mand­ing the abol­ish­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court.

In a state­ment yesterday, Mr Ntewewe said such ut­ter­ances were shame­ful and un­ac­cept­able.

“We once again want to re­ca­pit­u­late, that as a demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tion, we strongly be­lieve in our in­sti­tu­tions of gov­er­nance,” Mr Ntewewe said.

He has re­minded the cit­i­zenry that ev­ery­one had the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect the in­tegrity and sanc­tity of the Ju­di­ciary.

Mr Ntewewe said ju­di­cial in­de­pen­dence was a very im­por­tant pil­lar in a demo­cratic so­ci­ety be­cause it was the source of peren­nial vi­tal­ity and the bea­con of hope for the nour­ish­ment and growth of democ­racy.

He called on par­ties in the el­i­gi­bil­ity case, to ex­er­cise max­i­mum re­straint, ma­tu­rity and so­bri­ety.

“We want to re­mind all par­ties that they went to court be­cause they be­lieved in the first place in no un­cer­tain terms that the court is a fountain of jus­tice,

“So what­ever, the out­come, it must be re­spected, know­ing that only one party can be a vic­tor,” he said.

Mr Ntewewe said if the in­ces­sant at­tacks con­tin­ued even af­ter the judgement, his or­gan­i­sa­tion would not hes­i­tate to com­plain to the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions with a view of in­sti­tut­ing con­tempt pro­ceed­ings.

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