The Lusaka High Court has thrown out an application for an injunction filed by the UPND to stop the inauguration of President-elect Edgar Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina. The Court has however ordered for an interparte hearing.
Lawyers representing United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema and his Vice-President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba had filed an ex-parte application in which they sought to restrain the Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima and Deputy Chief Justice Marvin Mwanamwambwa from swearing in Lungu and Wina in a ceremony to be held on on Tuesday September 13, 2016.
This is in a matter in which Hichilema is contesting the dismissal of his Presidential election petition. The Constitutional Court on Monday dismissed his petition for want of jurisdiction after the constitutional cap of 14 days elapsed in which he could be heard.
But when the Matter came up, Judge Chitabo dismissed the ex-parte application and instead ordered an inter-parte hearing that has been set for tomorrow.