The controversy over the Chief Justice appears to have stepped up a notch with the second front now being opened by the Patriotic Front President to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), focusing on the nature of the contracts and the incalculable implications it may have for the President's own position :
"The Post newspaper edition dated Wednesday 15th July 2009 carried an article on the front page entitled "Chief Justice Sakala must go - Sangwa".Firstly, I would like to know what role your commission has played in the award of the said contracts to these judges. If the commission were consulted by the President, why did Parliament not ratify the contracts to allow the people's representatives to question the candidates on their competence or otherwise to continue serving our people in such public positions?"Secondly, it is my understanding that the fact that the contracts in question were not ratified by Parliament means that the process was incomplete and the appointments unconstitutional. If this is so, what is the position of the Chief Justice who purports to swear a President into office after elections when he is not supposed to be in office himself? What about the oath of office which the President took himself?""We cannot, therefore, gloss over these matters as a matter of convenience when the nation is spending colossal sums of money on a new constitution. The citizens need clear answers from all concerned and I demand that these answers be provided without delay"
The first front was opened by Sangwa in his letter to the Attorney General (AG), stating that that the Chief Justice Ernest Sakala and Justice Peter Chitengi have already passed their retirement age and are effectively illegal occupants of these important offices. All legal eyes are now firmly fixed at the AG and the JSC. Regardless of the motives of those bringing these issues forward, we all should applaud the renewed quest by Zambians to ensure that every letter of the law counts and is respected by everyone especially the Judiciary. There's simply no development without rule of law.