By REBECCA MUSHOTA –
ACTING Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda has hailed Justices Florence Mumba and Christine Phiri for their illustrious judicial careers and distinguished service to the Zambian Judiciary.
Ms Justice Chibesakunda said during the farewell luncheon for the two judges in Lusaka that the two had played many parts in the dispensation of justice in Zambia and the development of the science of law. The two have left the judiciary.
According to a statement released by the Judiciary of Zambia public relations officer Terry Musonda, Ms Justice Chibesakunda said the history of Zambian Judiciary could never be written without the mentioning the contributions made by Ms Justices Mumba and Phiri.
Ms Justice Chibesakunda said Ms Justice Mumba was the first female Judge and played different roles on the bench.
She said Ms Justice Mumba was known for her work in the Mumba Commission on salaries and the Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia where she distinguished herself in a number of reported cases dealing with genocides among other roles.
On Ms Justice Phiri, the acting Chief Justice said she worked for the Judiciary for many years, rising from the magistracy to being a judge of the High Court.
This, she said, clearly demonstrated Ms Justice Phiri’s passionate dedication to the dispensation of justice in Zambia.
Ms Justice Chibesakunda said posterity would be the only jury to judge the achievements of the two learned judges.
She said the two had made the Judiciary a better institution.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Association of Women Judges (ZAWJ) has congratulated Deputy Chief Justice Irene Mambilima for being re-elected for the second term as a board member of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).
Ms Justice Mambilima was re-elected to the board of IAWJ at the recent 12th Biennial Conference held in Arusha, Tanzania whose theme was “Justice For All”.
In her congratulatory remarks at the same function, ZAWJ president who is Supreme Court Judge, Elizabeth Muyovwe, said Ms Justice Mambilima’s re-election had put the Zambian judiciary on the world map.