After the spectacular collapse of the presidential petition, UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Mwamba have now taken the same matter to the High Court.
The duo through their lawyers Simeza Sangwa Associates have now sued the Edgar Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina as first and second respondents respectively and the Electoral Commission of Zambia as third respondents.
The Attorney General has been sued as the fourth respondent while the Chief Justice and her Deputy including the Constitutional Court have been added to the action as fifth, sixth and seventh respondents respectively.
In the court papers filed this morning in the Lusaka High Court, Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba are praying that the court issues an order staying the decision of the Constitutional Court pending the hearing and determination of this petition.
They are also seeking an order restraining the Chief Justice or her Deputy or any other authority from swearing in President Elect Edgar Lungu and Vice President Elect Inonge Wina.
They are further seeking an order that the decision of the Constitutional Court that the petitioners only had until 24 Hours on Friday, September 2nd 2016 to prosecute the petition as ultra-vires hence null and void.
They are also seeking an order that then Constitutional Court be directed to hear and determine the petitioner’s petition independently, fairly and within reasonable time.