THE Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement’s leader, Job Amupanda, is demanding that the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) publicly announce the names of candidates who applied for the advertised position of prosecutor general.
The position, currently held by Martha Imalwa since 2003, was last month advertised as her term ends just before November this year.
In a letter addressed to the secretary of the JSC, Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile, Amupanda demanded that the interview for the shortlisted candidates also be conducted in public.
“Once this transparent process and procedure succeeds, as it will, we can equally extend it to the appointment of Judges. I cannot imagine why the JSC will refuse to heed to this submission as a bastion of Justice in our country. Indeed, I will be shocked should the JSC reject these proposals. These proposals are not a utopia of my mind. They have been implemented in several countries even in our southern Africa, including in authoritarian Zimbabwe,” Amupanda’s letter reads.
Initially, the advert required that the suitable candidate for the prosecutor general position be an admitted legal practitioner for 15 years, but it has since been reduced to 10 years of admission.