CONCOURT TO DELIVER ‘ELIGIBILITY’ JUDGEMENT

The Constitutional Court is on Friday expected to deliver judgement in a case were three political parties want the court to declare that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the 2021 general elections.
The three parties have argued that President Lungu cannot be said to have served a five-year term when he only served for less than two years following the death of President Michael Sata.
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu 
They have argued that according to the constitution, a term is a period of five years and not two years.
But the Law Association of Zambia -LAZ- and the UPND argued to the contrary saying President Lungu would have served two terms by 2021.
The three opposition party leaders who have taken the matter to court are Peter Chanda, Dan Pule and Wright Musoma.
The full bench of the court led by its President Hildah Chibomba and Vice President Mungeni Mulenga presided over the matter before coming up with the judgement date.
Meanwhile a Consortium of Non-Governmental Organisations has appealed to Zambians with a habit of pre-empting the Courts decisions to STOP and Respect the decisions of the Judiciary.
In a joint statement to ZNBC News, NGOs Representative and Zambian DNA Spokesperson Spuki Mulemwa said pre-empting the Courts decisions undermines the independence and impartiality of the judiciary.
Mr. Mulemwa said every Zambian must have confidence in the Judiciary as they dispense justice for everyone regardless of their political affiliation.
The Consortium of NGOs is also dismayed that some sections of society resort to attacking the Courts whenever they deliver judgements that are not in their favor.
The Consortium includes the Media Election Monitoring Project, Battle Cry, and Movement for Economic Empowerment and Democracy.

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