Civil Rights Activist Brebner Changala questions by-election judgment appeal by Attorney General
Civil Rights Activist Brebner Changala has challenged Attorney General Mumba Malila to state clearly who has given him instructions to appeal against the Judge Mungeni Mulenga’s judgment that ordered the Electoral Commission of Zambia to allow Dora Siliya, Maxwell Mwale and Hastings Sililo to recontest their Petauke Central, Malambo and Mulobezi seats respectively.
Mr Changala has stated that it was legally odd that the state would appeal to the Supreme Court against Judge Mulenga’s ruling that the letter from the Judiciary instructing ECZ not to accept nominations from Siliya, Mwale and Sililo was illegal.
Changala told the media that it was confusing that the state could appeal in a case where the Patriotic Front was not party to the court proceedings.
“When Dora, Mwale and Sililo were barred by the ECZ, who commenced the litigation? It was Dora and her colleagues and when they won the case, Wynter Kabimba made a statement that the state was going to appeal. It is confusing because at one moment, they are PF and the other they are government,” Changala said.
He said ECZ was happy with Judge Mulenga’s judgment and had since set the date of nominations wondering why Malila could have accepted to challenge the judgement that the electoral body was pleased about.
“The Attorney General has appealed against the ruling but the question is under whose instructions? Who is the other client from whom Malila has received instructions from?” Changala wondered,
Changala has cautioned that Malila should be careful in the manner he is running the office of the Attorney General.