President Edgar Lungu has advised the judiciary to guard against state capture that has manifested in some African countries.
The President says the judiciary should also guard against bad elements by maintaining their integrity and independence.
Swearing in three Judges of the Courts of Appeal and one High Court Judge, President Lungu said some African countries have had their judiciary captured by bad elements, a trend he says is slowly creeping into Zambia.
The Head of State has further advised the newly sworn in Judges to guard against erosion of the independence and integrity of the judiciary.
He said Zambia has seen well-reasoned and handed down judgments from some courts but negative perceptions of some judges erode the integrity of the judiciary.
The President said Zambia’s judiciary is still independent and full of integrity.
He however notes with concern that the integrity is slowly being eroded and getting to a level where people do not trust judges.
President Lungu said the Presidency and Judiciary are under siege by bad elements who are clever enough to be ahead of the judiciary, executive and police.
He said the newly sworn in Judges should ensure they live up to the trust that Zambians have in them.
President Lungu said their recommendation by the Judicial Service Commission, endorsement by Parliament and swearing in by him is a sign of their hard work and good credentials.
The Three Court of Appeal Judges sworn in are Justice Mwinde Siavwapa, Justice Betty Majula and Justice Petronella Ngulube while Justice Conceptor Zulu has been sworn in as High Court Judge.