Ministers’ Case Adjourned

Ministers’ Case Adjourned.

THE Constitutional Court has adjourned the case in which Attorney- General Likando Kalaluka wants it to review its judgment-ordering ministers to repay salaries and allowances.

He has charged that a person cannot be made to work without pay as it would be tantamount to slavery.

Mr Kalaluka submitted an affidavit that the court’s order for the ministers to pay back salaries and allowances contradicted constitutional provisions and wellestablished principles, which provided that no person should be required to perform forced labour.

However, lawyers representing the Law Association of Zambia ( LAZ) had asked the court to dismiss the application, saying Mr Kalaluka cannot represent the ministers because at the time that they were ordered to refund Government, they were illegally in office.

They also submitted that the Constitutional Court has no jurisdiction to rehear or review its own judgment as this is against constitutional provisions.

When the case came up before the full bench of the Constitutional Court, the parties were ready to proceed but the court advised them to submit a written application to enable it know what the applications were about.

Constitutional Court judge Hildah Chibomba said it was important for the judges to have sight of the applications and that Mr Kalaluka could respond to the application to dismiss the petition.

The case has been adjourned to November 22, this year.