THE High Court has allowed presidential hopeful Miles Sampa to join the proceedings in which Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu was declared leader of the party through a consent judgement.
High Court judge Mungeni Mulenga dismissed an application to raise preliminary issues by PF chairperson Inonge Wina for the court to determine whether it should hear Mr Sampa’s application to join the proceedings when he had not purged contempt allegations.
Justice Mulenga said yesterday that there was no committal order against Mr Sampa as contempt proceedings did not commence against him.
She said Mr Sampa and other alleged contemnors cannot be heard only when the contempt impedes the course of justice or makes it difficult for the court to ascertain the truth or enforce its orders.
Justice Mulenga added that she exercised her discretion to hear the alleged contemnors on the joiner.
She noted that despite being granted leave to commence committal proceedings, Mrs Wina did not take out or serve any notice of motion or other documents on Mr Sampa.
Justice Mulenga said the leave granted lapsed as the 14 days allowance expired without a motion being entered for hearing.