Chief Justice concerned over abuse of citizens’ rights

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Justice Ireen Mambilima

Justice Ireen Mambilima

Chief Justice Irene Mambilima has bemoaned the continued abuse of citizens’ rights to liberty by various stakeholders in the country’s criminal justice system.

Justice Mambilima has observed that this is due to the complexity of the system which she says tends to breakdown at any of its stage in some instances.

She says such a breakdown in the system is what leads to human rights violations and abuses that include among others arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, prolonged detentions and unfair trials.

Justice Mambilima notes that the effects of such pre-trial detentions are numerous and lead to all sorts of challenges to the State, the accused persons, their families and the community at large.

She says in order for the criminal justice system to be above reproach, all stakeholders in the system ought to demonstrate profound respect for human rights generally.

Justice Mambilima has urged the Zambia Police, the Prisons and Correctional Services, Prosecution Authority, the Courts and the legal fraternity to particularly respect the right to liberty in the confines of the law.

The Chief Justice said this in a speech read for her by president of the Court of Appeal Fulgency Chisanga during a one day Human Rights Commission (HRC) Bail and Bond reforms workshop in Lusaka today.

Speaking at the same event, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja directed all Police officers in charge of Police stations and posts to desist from prolonged detentions.

Kanganja states that all cases must be processed quickly for appearance in Court and where possible release on Police bond.


8 Responses to Chief Justice concerned over abuse of citizens’ rights

  1. where has she been all the while..women are abused and you are quiet..just get lost

    July 21, 2016 at 4:03 pm

  2. Sandwiched between the law and the appointing master.

    July 21, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  3. Very useless speech from a Chief Justice. Be specific in you talk. Don’t hide under the table..misisi monga nyau.

    July 21, 2016 at 5:19 pm

  4. This lady is now pretending to care for peoples warefare, where has she been all this time, this compromised and partizan chief Justice

    July 21, 2016 at 6:36 pm

  5. She’s a FOOL period!

    July 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

  6. Chief Justice Irene Mambilima is in order to bemoan the continued abuse of citizens’ rights to liberty in Zambia.
    Should we continue abusing citzens rights the outcome will be unpleasant.
    Abusive experiences can shape people’s behavior and lifestyle. ” Most people subjected to abuse tend to have a major impact on the way that they will turn out in life. Most will always have problems, so that later some will become abusive themselves. This is not the seed that we want planted in mother Zambia.

    Dr Imasiku Liamunga
    July 22, 2016 at 6:38 am

  7. You people why do you like insulting any how. You want the chief justice to start speaking any how like the confused politicians. She has adequate experience in the justice system, so do not disturb her, she knows when to speak and when not to. I tell you one day the almighty God will speak through these medias and you will insult because you will not believe that it is the word from the almighty God. Please stop it is not in order.

    July 22, 2016 at 9:10 am

  8. Are there no other ways apart from Insults? What has cursed this generation. You can put your points as strong as you like without insulting anyone. What a culture we are developing. The Madam is right. She is the Chief Justice and a Civil Society Organisation leader. Have you ever heard Judges responding to any Criticism in the media? Never because their profession is a noble one.

    July 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

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