Lusaka High Court judge Susan Wanjelani says corruption in the dispensation of justice is a big challenge in the judiciary.
“I wish to state that as the judiciary, we do acknowledge that corruption in the dispensation of justice is a big challenge. This is because where there is corruption, there can be no justice,” said judge Wanjelani.
Who can disagree with judge Wanjelani on this score? We are today witnessing how justice can easily be pervaded by a corrupt judicial officer in the case of the liquidation of The Post. In this case, judge Sunday Nkonde is clearly colluding with Lewis Mosho to liquidate The Post on an ex parte provisional liquidation order he granted him on November 1, 2016. Mosho has literally sold all Post assets despite an undertaking before judge Nkonde not to do so. Numerous complaints about judge Nkonde’s corruption to the Chief Justice have failed any positive results. After ignoring the complaints for a long time, the Chief Justice asked judge Nkonde to recuse himself from matter upon realising that the Judicial Complaints Commission was going to find him wanting. But to date judge Nkonde is still dealing with The Post case and is about to authorise a corrupt consent judgment to legitimise this corrupt liquidation of The Post.
The judiciary is clearly protecting judge Nkonde from being made to account for his corruption in The Post liquidation case.
There’s no way judges who are corrupt can deliver fair and just judgments. They will condemn the innocent and favour those who are corrupt like them. A corrupt judge like Nkonde neither fears God nor respects any human being; he only cares about himself and is corrupted by the vice of greed for money and prestige.
Every judge involved in corruption should be held accountable. There can be no justice with corrupt judges. Corruption is damaging the credibility and standing of the judiciary. We are all aware that corruption is infringing rule of law, and you should prioritise rule of law and fighting corruption. Those who subscribe to the notion of an independent judiciary, whilst braving the tempest of woes which is something of a day-to-day feature of our judiciary, are nothing but idealistic fools. The blind belief in the integrity of our judges will only get you ruined, for to conquer the devil requires not a conquest made through gentle devotion; but a conquest instigated through the authoritative and naked devices of the human will, from which arises the deployment of sheer, calculated force to tackle the crises instigated by evil-minded judges and their accomplices.
In Zambia today, the primordial law of the jungle prevails, in all its bitter fury. Those meek and naive enough to believe in such artificial, imaginary constructs as an independent judiciary, human morality and human ethics in today’s Zambia, are subsequently reduced to their logical place; to the very lowest recesses of this God-forsaken pit we call a Christian nation. Some judges are clearly not worthy of being part of this otherwise serene, and noble institution we call the judiciary. Some judge’s corruption, greed, and sheer moral depravity, will ultimately destroy it, and lead to its own undoing; an inevitable event, seeing as their nature is unchanging, predictable, and hell bent towards corruption.
We favour the removal of corrupt judges well in advance of such an occurrence; for their lust for spawning corruption, and eventual enmity, knows no bounds.
They say human nature is by default criminal, and requires the restraints of an unflinching, noble and just authority, to curb its spontaneous, and transgressing, advances. The pleasures afforded by the senses effectively succeed in undermining all concepts of ‘fair dealing’, for most of our people are slaves to appetite; immune to the callings of the frantic soul, trapped within.