Patriots for Economic Progress Party Leader Sean Tembo has requested the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dora Siliya to attend trial and testify before the full bench of the Constitutional Court on November 13 November or she will be compelled to testify through a subpoena.
This in the case in which Mr Tembo sued the Attorney General Likando Kalaluka seeking for a declaration that President Edgar Lungu violated the constitution when he allegedly accepted a gift of land from King Mswati of Eswatini formerly Swaziland in his official capacity as a Republican President.
According to a letter addressed to the Chief Government Spokesperson Ms Siliya, Mr Tembo has warned the Minister to attend trial or he will issue a subpoena to compel her to testify accordingly.
Mr Tembo indicated that he relies on Ms Siliya’s testimony to support his case.
In his petition Mr.Tembo further wants a declaration that the President is a public officer and that all public officers in their official capacity were prescribed by law to obtain gifts other than casual gifts from people.
But in response the defendant Attorney General Likando Kalaluka asked the Court to dismiss Mr Tembo’s petition because the petitioner is not entitled to the claims he seeks against the head of state adding that the all the claims in the petition are misconceived and lack merit.
Mr Kalaluka argued that a person holding the office of President was not a public officer as the constitution which is the supreme law of the land excludes a person holding such office from being a public officer.
Mr Kalaluka further challenged Mr Tembo to prove Mr Lungu did receive a gift a gift from King Mswati and that the gift so received by Mr Lungu was received using his position as republican President, office, authority or any information in his possession as President.