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Justice Minister, Kasune, urges State Advocates to combat white-collar crimes


Newly appointed Minister of Justice, Princess Kasune, has called on State Advocates to avoid being used as conduits for white-collar crime, such as corruption.

Kasune emphasized the need for lawyers to restore confidence in the administration of justice in the country.

She made these remarks while officiating at the State Advocates Training workshop held in Lusaka on Wednesday.

“State Advocates in mainstream government, statutory bodies, or parastatals are expected to perform their duties with integrity, distinction, and impartiality,” Kasune stated.

She further highlighted the role of lawyers in tackling corruption and reporting any cases of corruption within the government.

“Lawyers are expected to play their role of tackling corruption and reporting any corruption cases in Government and avoid being used as conduits of white-collar crime,” Kasune added.

The Minister urged State Advocates to uphold the rule of law and ensure the efficient functioning of the legal system.

She noted that the economic transformation agenda of the government depends significantly on the impact of State Advocates in shaping and implementing government policies.

“State Advocates need to uphold the oaths they swore, which include upholding the Constitution, Oaths of Office and allegiance to the President of the Republic,” Kasune said.

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She also said the use of digital technology would enhance efficiency in service delivery at the lowest possible cost.

In his remarks, Attorney-General, Mulilo Kabesha, reminded State Advocates to uphold the public interest in all their professional activities.

“In your various endeavors aimed at serving public interest and fostering justice, it is imperative to adhere to the tenets of procedural justice so that the outcome of a matter is just and fair,” Kabesha advised.

He stressed the importance of being fair, just, professional and courteous as mandatory standards of the legal profession.

Earlier, Solicitor-General, Marshal Muchende, reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring that State Advocates adequately play their role in delivering justice to the people of Zambia.

The workshop was organized to provide a capacity-building platform on emerging and topical issues in the legal fraternity, allowing State Advocates to interact, share ideas, and reiterate the foundational principles of the legal profession.

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