What made me become a lawyer was my desire to be able to speak for people who for one reason or another could not defend themselves when faced with a legal problem. I have not worked anywhere else apart from the Ministry of Justice.
I started working in the Ministry of Justice (then Ministry of Legal Affairs) under the office of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Solicitor-General as a State Advocate and was based in Kitwe on the Copperbelt Province of Zambia.
I was influenced by my former lecturers at UNZA school of Law, Prof Muna Ndulo, Prof Chaloka Beyani and Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula as well as my former supervisors at Ministry of Justice Hon Justice Hilda Chibomba and Mrs. Doris Mwinga. They showed me that dedication and hard work will always yield good results in life.
The advice I have for newly appointed lawyers
1. Understand what it means to be a lawyer and a person upon whom your clients and the general public will depend.
2. Be honest, patient, courteous and sincere to every person who approaches you for assistance.
3. Aspire to work for justice and to respect the Constitution and the rule of law.
4. Don’t be misled into believing that becoming an advocate is the fastest way of becoming rich! Wealth will come, gradually.
5. Find time to do something that you enjoy to do away from the pressures of your work. I like to attend to my flower and herb gardens.