As one of the three arms of government, the judiciary is an integral part of Zambia’s democracy, ensuring checks and balances on adherence to the rule of law and constitutionalism in the country. The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) is therefore alarmed by statements made by the Republican President, Mr. Edgar Lungu, on 2nd November 2017 at Solwezi Airport in North Western Province, that appear to threaten the judiciary against making any adverse ruling against him in the impending judgement on the issue of whether President Lungu is eligible to stand in the presidential election in 2021. LAZ is deeply concerned with the statements especially that they came from the Head of State. Such statements do little to dispel the notion that the Executive tries to interfere with the work of the judiciary and that the separation of powers in our democracy is limited.
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