Kandara Member of Parliament Alice Wahome has taken issue with the interview of Justice Said Juma Chitembwe for the position of Chief Justice, stating that the latter should have instead been investigated for a ruling he made on a defilement case.
According to Alice Wahome, Justice Juma should not be serving in the Judiciary since “he applied his own personal beliefs as opposed to interpreting the law” while delivering the ruling on a defilement case where the set free a man accused of defiling a minor.
On Justice Chitembwe breaking down during his interview on Monday, Alice Wahome noted that she believes the judge was “acting”.
“Justice Juma should not be serving in the Judiciary right now. Looking at the judgment he gave, he applied his own personal beliefs against the law as opposed to interpreting the law… I think he should have been summoned by the JSC.
“…He is now imagining that the JSC would feel sorry for him if he weeps or the country will resonate with his dilemma…He is stretching his luck… I think he was acting… After this he should find himself facing a tribunal, I was sitting there I would mark him zero,” she said.
On Monday, Justice Juma Chitembwe faced the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) as the first candidate for the position of Chief Justice.
He was put to task on a number of issues including an instance where he was charged for allegedly embezzling funds during his tenure at NSSF.
It is at this point that the judge broke down while explaining the challenges and tough times he went through in a bid to clear his name.
“It was me and the CEO of NSSF, we were prosecuted then two lawyers joined the case with the intention to delay the case, they filed the case to stop the hearing of the case,” an emotional Chitembwe said.