Sata suspends two Judges, and appoints two more tribunals

President Micheal Sata has suspended two Ndola High Court Judges –  Emelia Sunkutu and Timothy Katanekwa for allegedly professional misconduct.

The Head of State has since appointed two Tribunals to investigate in the alleged misconduct of the two Judges. He disclosed the development when he swore-in members of the Tribunal at State House on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Justifying the suspension, President Sata said the Judiciary is an important arm of government which many citizens look forward to for justice adding that it is important to investigate the two Judges so that the people can know the truth about them.

President Sata swore-in former Chief Justice Mathew Ngulube as Chairman,  for the Tribunal that shall probe Judge Sunkutu and Ndola High Court Judge Fredrick Chomba as Chairman for the Tribunal that shall probe Judge Katanekwa.

He also swore-in former Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson Justice Bobby Bwalya and Justice Sylvester Simachela as members of the two Tribunals.

High Court Registrar Chilombo Maka Phiri also sworn in and shall serve as Secretary of the two Tribunals.

After assuming office President Sata appointed a Tribunal to investigate three Judges and brought in a Malawian Judge, Lovemeore Chikopa to head it. The Tribunal has made little progress due to some legal technicalities raised by the three judges.