The Lusaka High Court has dismissed an application by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) to join the winding up petition involving the Post Newspapers Limited and some of its former employees.
High Court Judge Sunday Nkonde said that the application by LAZ lacks merit and has since rejected it.
Judge Nkonde explained in his ruling that allowing LAZ to join the case as friend of the court may only delay the disposal of the proceedings to the prejudice of the parties.
He has since encouraged LAZ to apply to join as a friend of the court especially in human rights litigations involving or affecting the vulnerable and marginalized persons in society.
Judge Nkonde said that LAZ should do this with the same zeal it has exhibited in the case of The Post newspapers in liquidation.
LAZ had applied to join the winding up petition involving the Post Newspapers Limited and some of its former employees, saying the case has potential to affect public perception and confidence in the Judiciary.
According to an affidavit in support for an order for joinder sworn by LAZ president Linda Kasonde, the organisation argued that the case had generated significant media attention and interest in the general public which had become a concern for the association.