The Zambian Embassy in Washington D.C has assured the United States Government that Zambia will endeavor to uphold the rule of law in the governance system of the country.
Zambia’s Chargé d’affaires to the USA Joseph Chilaizya has reaffirmed to the Department of State in Washington DC, that President EDGAR LUNGU will not interfere in the judicial process in the case that Zambia’s opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema is facing in the courts of law.
Mr Chilaizya says Zambia has taken interest to learn from the US system of governance where the executive, legislature and judiciary are allowed to operate freely without any undue interference.
Mr Chilaizya’s comments came in the wake of concerns raised by U.S. Department of State outgoing Desk Officer for Zambia and Lesotho Janice Corbett regarding the UPND leader court case.
This was during a courtesy call on the Zambian Embassy by incoming U.S. Department of State Desk Officer for Zambia and Lesotho Carmelia Macfoy and Incoming US Zambian Embassy in Lusaka deputy political and Economic Chief Brandon Wilson.
“The Zambian government believes in the rule of law and separation of powers. The President doesn’t interfere in judicial or law enforcement agencies processes. Mr Hichilema is a suspect and the President only has authority over convicted people where he has powers to pardon convicts.
“President Lungu stands firm to uphold the tenets of democracy. This is what the US government also believes in hence the discourse we are hearing where President Trump is being accused of interfering with law enforcement agencies. President Lungu doesn’t want to find himself in a position where he’s accused of interfering with live cases,” Mr Chilaizya said.
Mr Chilaizya further said that Zambia looks forward to working with President Donald Trump’s administration in fostering bilateral relations with the USA.
He told the US Department of State that as President Trump completes appointments of members to government, Zambia looks forward to the release of the US Africa policy and in particular that for Zambia.
Cosmas Chileshe First Secretary (Press and Public Relations)
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia