THE Magistrates and Judges Association of Zambia has replaced Judge Phillip Musonda with Ndola-based magistrate Collins Lundah as its interim president.

And Magistrate Lundah yesterday confirmed being the interim MAJAZ president .

According to sources, MAJAZ has also replaced the judge Musonda-led committee with a new one after the members expressed dissatisfaction with its performance.

On April 30 this year, President Michael Sata suspended Supreme Court judge Musonda and High Court judges Charles Kajimanga and Nigel Mutuna over their alleged professional misconduct and has since appointed a tribunal to investigate them.

But the proceedings have since been stayed and the state has appealed to the Supreme Court.

One of the sources who attended the MAJAZ meeting at Ndozo Lodge in Lusaka's Chilanga area recently, said members were not happy with the way Judge Musonda was running the affairs of the association.

The source said judge Musonda was not present at the meeting at which his committee was replaced.

"A lot of issues came up at the meeting; there was the issue of incompetence, dictatorial and a number of other issues. All in all, the members felt that Judge Musonda and his committee was not doing things correctly. The other issue which was very strong was that members observed that Judge Musonda had fused in judge Nigel Mutuna, his friend in the committee," the source said.

Another source said although the MAJAZ constitution did not provide for members to pass a vote of no confidence in the executive committee, members resolved to usher in a new committee.

The source said the members were hopeful that the executive committee being headed by Magistrate Lundah would do well.

And when contacted for comment, Magistrate Lundah said: "Yes, that is true. I think it's in the interim. It was on Monday 4th June at an executive committee meeting at Ndozo Lodge in Lusaka."