Judicial inquiry would solve everything

The crisis that has rocked the Judiciary seems far from over, more than a year after it started, leading to the suspension of four Judges. So far, it is not clear what the future holds for this very important arm of government, as the suspended Judges continue to draw their salaries, despite not performing their duties.

It is one of the most difficult challenges to face this country, and there is no sign that it can be resolved through the courts. The Judiciary is deeply divided and the Judges do not trust each other, and we all know what happens when there is no trust among colleagues in any given profession or field. It is even worse when that profession or field is mandated to dispense justice.

It is therefore important for the authorities to pause and ponder on the way forward.  In his response to the State of the Nation Address last week, Leader of Opposition, Duma Boko called for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to preside over this matter and bring an end to the standoff. Yes, this process can only be possible if the presiding officers are independent and possibly brought in from outside the country. We have neighbouring states such as Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia among others, from whom we can draw judges and other legal experts to assist us.

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