The opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has welcomed the decision of the Constitutional Court to dismiss the petition by the UPND against the re-election of President Edgar Lungu.
MMD president Felix Mutati said the decision of the Constitutional Court has come as a big relief to the people of Zambia who have patiently waited for the outcome of the presidential petition.
He noted that the conclusion of the case was a victory for all Zambians who were yearning for a peaceful end to the whole process.
And Mr. Mutati has called on President Lungu to now focus on uniting the country and accelerate national development following the affirmation of his re-election by the Constitutional Court.
He said time has come for all Zambians to rally behind the leadership of President Lungu and foster peace and unity across the country.
Mr. Mutati further urged the opposition political parties especially the UPND to respect the decision of the Constitutional Court.
Meanwhile, there was jubilation in Kasama today after the Constitutional Court threw out United Party for National Development’s (UPND) petition against the re-election of President Edgar Lungu.
Taxi drivers and Patriotic Front (PF) supporters thronged the Kasama town chanting popular PF slogans to show solidarity to President Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina over their election victory.
Several PF officials, who led the supporters in the jubilation, have thanked President Lungu for exhibiting patience throughout the petition period.
One of the officials, Patrick Chisanga, said PF supporters were happy that the presidential petition had now been closed.
Mr. Chisanga, who is also Kasama Mayor, appealed to all Zambians to support Mr. Lungu and his vice president Mrs. Wina to develop the country.
He said time for politicking was now over adding that people should bury their differences and promote national peace which was a prerequisite for the development of the country.
And a Kasama resident, Barton Bwalya, expressed happiness with the outcome of the presidential petition.
Mr. Bwalya told ZANIS that it was regrettable that the petition had derailed the progress of development in the country.
Meanwhile, paramount chief Chitimukulu has commended the Constitutional Court for upholding the re-election of President Lungu.
The Chitimukulu observed that the court ruling has shown that the country’s democracy was moving forward.
He has since urged Zambians to respect the decision of the Constitutional Court and continue promoting national peace and unity in the country.
Today the Constitutional Court threw out the petition challenging the re-election of President Lungu by the opposition UPND.
The Court ruled that it has no jurisdiction to hear the UPND presidential petition because the 14-day period given for the matter to be heard had elapsed.