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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

President Lungu’s Eligibility has been debated enough and should be allowed to rest-Vice President

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Vice President Inonge Wina says the debate on President Edgar Lungu’s eligibility to contest the 2021 Presidential Election has been extensively debated and that the matter should be allowed to rest.

Mrs. Wina says the Constitutional Court has given a final verdict which must be respected by all.

She said this in parliament today during the Vice President’s Question time.

This was in response to a question by Chifubu Member of Parliament Frank Ng’ambi who wanted to know if the debate on the eligibility of President Lungu to contest in 2021 is not undermining the decision of the constitutional court.

And Mrs. Wina said the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) will on a weekly basis provide an update on how many voters have been registered as the voter registration exercise is ongoing.

Mrs. Wina said this in response to a question from Chisamba member of Parliament Chushi Kasanda who wanted to know if the ECZ can give an update on the voters registered weekly so that the public has authentic information.

She said the ongoing voter registration exercise has been designed in phases and the Government is waiting to see how the process has unfolded in the second week.

Mrs. Wina expressed optimism that the ECZ will meet its 9 million target of registered voters.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Wina said Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo will be asked to share with the nation on what has been achieved in the past few months on the issuance of National registration Cards, NRCs.

She said this in response to a question by Mitete Member of Parliament Misheck Mutelo who wanted to find out whether Government will send a mobile team to issue NRCs in Mitete district because some people were left out.

Meanwhile, Northwestern Provincial Minister, Hon Nathaniel Mubukwanu has dismissed the eligibility debate saying the highest court in the land already delivered a clear verdict on the matter.

He said the matter was thoroughly determined in the Dan Pule and Others Vs Attorney General and Others Case number 2017/CCZ/004.

He said both the Law Association of Zambia(LAZ) and constitutional lawyers such as John Sangwa brought the same arguments to court which were thrown out but have rekindled the same arguments in the media.

Speaking in an interview, Hon. Mubukwanu called on those engaged in the debate as mere detractors with ill intentions for the country.

He called on Zambians to ignore the debate and concentrate on developmental issues.

He said those debating the matter don’t deserve attention at all

24 COMMENTS

  1. That’s a shallow and shameless thing to say!! How can one decide for the courts when the suspect has not appeared before it? And it’s not a matter of shallow debate but what the constitution says!!

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  2. That’s a very silly conclusion from the second highest office!! Who says when too much foolish debates are made then the matter is concluded?!!

    Besides, it’s not about foolish debates but what the constitution says….the courts will simply follow what the law says…..and remember judiciary is another arm of government!!

    So Jonathan would have to seek legal redress by himself,

  3. Mama these upnd goats are scared of his excellency. They know they cannot win an election against him. They call him all sorts of names such as vision less etc. So why not let the vision less man stand against you so that you win easily? It does not make sense.

    The courts have ruled and that is that. You are free to take it to court if you don’t agree
    As for me Friday has started. I have unveiled my tinted range rover so that you can’t see your wives in the backseat. A bit of Friday humour before some of you start going to watchdog to claim that miles’ nchimunya is in my car.

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    • Parliament enacts laws. The judiciary inteprets those laws and their decision is final. That’s what our constitution says. In the matter of ECL’s eligibility debate, the Constitutional court has interpreted the Constitution and a decision has been made that ECL is eligible to contest the 2021 presidential election. That’s final. Concourt judgements are not appealable. ECL’s onname will appear on the ballot paper on 12th August 2021. Those who want to challenge him should just get used to that idea and start campaigning because time is running out.

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  4. Mayo we know that you know that he’s not eligible so please quickly organize the convention and go and challenge him. I look forward to your being the First Woman President of this country. Go for it Mayo! Otherwise the Luapula United you get it

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  5. Bwana Lungu should be retired in the national interests. He’s should NOT be eligible cuz he’s totally ruined Zambia’s economy .

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  6. Granny Inonge Wina has been disgraced. No leader of government business in the house has lied more than this lady. It is a sad thing that she has been used by men to wash their dirty linen. Her husband must be turning in his grave. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

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  7. Just last week, this same old clueless great grandma was saying Zambia would not default on debt payment. The following day, the finance minister corrected her.

    So anything that comes out of her mouth can not be replied on. She is not in that loop of deciding making. That is why she thinks there is no corruption. Even though she benefitted from forest reserve plots.

  8. The man is visionless, tel us what is his vision the country? To be honest the election next will be personal and each time I remember 42 firetrucks, 48 houses, gassing, high fuel price, depreciation of kwacha, kaloba, high poverty level, high cost of electricity, etc and our able visionless leader with his MPs (bamushanina bwalya) are busy jumping\dancing from one province to another plundering taxing payer money without any sense of shame. That makes me more determine to go queue up for voter registration and even persued my friend Jehovah’s witness to register to vote. So that next year we fire and hire!!

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  9. WHO HAS NOT READ THE JUDGMENT ? OR ARE YOU THE ONLY ONES WHO ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE OF LAWS?
    REMEMBER BILL 10 WHICH WAS GOING TO BE USED TO JUSTIFY THE SO CALLED ‘ QUALIFICATION ‘ TO STAND WAS TECHNICALLY SHOT DOWN , MAYBE DECLARE 21 DAYS NATIONAL HOLY-DAY FOR NATIONAL PRAYERS AND FASTING

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  10. Bo KuKu, You can not stop people from discussing such an important matter. Presidency must be discussed and issues resolved transparently otherwise You end up individuals like Trump.

  11. Former President Chiluba respected laws of the land and agreed to step aside . Who is Lungu to disobey the laws of the Land. You are committing Treason bwana and the long arm of the law will follow you in your retirement. Wait and see!

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