Zambian president asks justice minister to quit

Kabimba is accused of breaching an oath of secrecy that he took in his capacity as government minister when he gave a legal opinion; Zambian minister says 'staying in office'

Zambian president asks justice minister to quit

World Bulletin/News Desk

Zambian President Michael Sata has thrown his weight behind a tribunal investigating his Justice Minister Winter Kabimba for giving legal advice to the ruling party which allowed parliamentary seats held by the opposition to be nullified and asked the embattled minister to tender his resignation.

"The president has advised Mr. Kabimba to consider stepping down on his own accord and not to wait for him to either be suspended or dismiss him," Presidential Special Assistance for Press and Public Relation (SAPPR) George Chellah told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

Kabimba is accused of breaching an oath of secrecy that he took in his capacity as government minister when he gave a legal opinion – based on information he had obtained as justice minister – to lawyers representing his ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

Meanwhile, Zambian Justice Minister Winter Kabimba said he has not yet received a letter from President Michael Sata advising him to step down to pave the way for a smooth investigation against him.

"I am yet to receive the letter from the president," "As soon as I get it, possibly today, tomorrow or any other day in the coming week, I will make a decision," Kabimba said.

"Not until then, I will remain in the office as Justice Minister," he insisted.

"The legal opinion from the Solicitor General is but a catalyst to guide the court where some corrupt elements were found during the trial. As a party, we shall not spare any seat that was won fraudulently," he told AA.

The legal advice in question allowed parliamentary seats held by opposition MPs to be nullified.

Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesa Kunda has already formed a tribunal tasked with investigating Kabimba's conduct after the Supreme Court established that the minister had used legal advice from the Solicitor-General's Office to prop up the PF nullification cases.

Three Supreme Court judges will sit on the tribunal.

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