Justice Minister Given Lubinda has insisted that he will not pay back the salaries and allowances he obtained illegally when parliament was dissolved in 2016.

Mr. Lubinda’s latest remarks follows advice by Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili urging former ministers to refund Government.

The Patriotic Front former ministers have been ordered to pay back allowances after the Constitutional Court found them wanting.

Mr. Lubinda feels compelling him to payback will be a violation of his human rights as he did not stay in office out of his own will.

He says matters of morality cannot be transferred adding that beyond being a minister of justice he is a human being whose rights should be respected.

Appearing on Diamond TV’s talk show programme dubbed Costa on Monday evening, Mrs. Sumaili said government respects the rule of law and therefore all ministers affected in this matter should pay back the money.



  1. Hon. Lubinda is right not to pay the money because he was told to be in that position.
    Indeed it is not his fault.
    Kudos to Honourable Minister Given Lubinda

  2. For as long as people owe the government they can not qualify to be on the ballot and it follows that since they owed the government in 2016, they did not qualify to be on the ballot hence all the money they have been paid as ministers or MP’s is illegal and must be paid back to the treasury, PAY BACK THE MONEY

  3. So Given says matters of immorality can not be transferable, so whom is he saying acted immorally??????????, Is he confirming what most Zambians feel as at now regarding immorality?

  4. The correct thing to do is to pay back. Lubinda must know that in law ignorance is not an excuse. He and others affected have to respect the court ruling and pay back. Lubinda may then privately approach his boss to refund him for instructions on providing illegal services. A Minister of Justice should be in the forefront in respecting court rulings and the rule of law. It seems in Zambia we have a Minister of Justice who promotes disregarding of court rulings. This demonstrates limited respect for the rule of law in the Country.


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