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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Stately confusions..

I suppose I can officially blame our resident contributor Frank for fueling the habit of spotting incorrect terminology in the media. It was he that rightly noted the perverse tendency of the Government controlled press to confuse “state” and “government”. Often things done by the "government", nearly always the Executive, are incorrectly attributed to the “the State”. It appears our Ministers are also equally confused over basic structures. As this quote in The Post attributed to the Government spokesman Minister Shikapwasha demonstrates:
"I think it's not for the Government to have a position [on the Chief Justice’s contract], it is for the Judiciary to have a position. And as Government we look to the Judiciary for them to give a position for the rest of the nation. And as government we are on firm ground because we know the division of work: Government, Judiciary, Legislature, [that's] how we work. So that is important and this is why we are on firm ground,"
From what I remember of my Grade 8 and 9 Civics classes at St Clements Secondary School (Mansa) and Butondo Secondary (Mufulira) respectively, the Government comprised of three branches: Executive, Judiciary and Legislature. Has this changed since I left junior secondary?

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