Allow me to argue – Attorney General tells court

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Attorney General Likando Kalaluka has asked the constitutional court to allow him to argue against the case in which the opposition UPND wanted to block the swearing in of President Edgar Lungu and his vice Inonge Wina.

This application was dismissed by the single judge of the court forcing the UPND to appeal to the full bench.When the matter come up on Thursday the Attorney General Likando Kalaluka asked the court for time to argue as to why the application should not be entertained.Mr. Kalaluka’s argument is that the appeal should not be heard because it was filed out of time and without the permission of the court.

Ruling has been reserved to a date to be communicated to the parties.Meanwhile the petitioners have asked constitution court judge Mungeni Mulenga to recuse herself from handling the matter.But respondents lawyer Lubinda Linyama said it is wrong to ask a judge to recuse herself without giving legal reasons.

In September 2016 the UPND asked the Constitutional Court to order that the swearing-in of President Lungu and vice president-elect Inonge Wina not take place on.

They contended that president Lungu could not be sworn in when the Constitutional Court did not declare him as winner of the elections when it dismissed the petition.

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    • Lombe. That is only when a petition is heard in the court. In this case the petition lapsed so it could not be heard. As such there is no reason to make a pronouncement on that issue but leave the status quo as it were before the petition.

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  1. UPND is a waste of time just like cholera. Who said the ConCourt should declare a winner. It is the role of ECZ to declare are winner and all the concourt can do is to reverse or nullify the declare when sufficient evidence is brought and the law (within 14 days) is followed. Now what UPND did was to take 14 days lodging preliminary issues like the speakers should act and such nonsense leading to the lapse of the legally provided time frame causing the hearing to be discontinued least it become another illegality. UPND THIS IS FREE EDUCATION and stop wasting our time

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  2. UPND is a waste of time just like cholera. Who said the ConCourt should declare a winner. It is the role of ECZ to declare are winner and all the concourt can do is to reverse or nullify the declare when sufficient evidence is brought and the law (within 14 days) is followed. Now what UPND did was to take 14 days lodging preliminary issues like the speakers should act and such nonsense leading to the lapse of the legally provided time frame causing the hearing to be discontinued least it become another illegality. UPND THIS IS FREE EDUCATION and stop wasting our time

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  3. Miya -the Concourt shud have made a declaration that a upon dismissing the case the court was upholding the results announced by ECZ. The resumption of the case had technically or legally annulled the ecz results

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  4. Guys, one has to be blinded by wicked tribal bigotry so as not to see that Lungu is dangerously clueless, the idiot is alcoholic, he’s inflicted with HIV AIDS and has zero vision for the country. Just look at his traveling itinerary, is this not Marcopolo you are seeing here lynching your state coffers? No wonder Kaizer Zulu, a former laboratory clerk can buy a jet plane today and you see nothing wrong with that. Bukuba!

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