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ConCourt determines Edgar Lungu’s fate

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History is about to be made as the Constitutional Court is set to render judgement on whether the Zambian Constitution allows President Edgar Lungu to seek another five-year term of office in 2021.

This is in a matter where four PF-aligned political party leaders are asking the Court to determine whether president Lungu could stand in the next election.

The four are Danny Pule of the Christian Democratic Party, Wright Musoma of the Zambia Republican Party, Peter Chanda of the New Congress Party and Robert Mwanza of the Citizen Democratic Party.

President Lungu has already declared himself eligible to stand and has made it clear on several occasions. His party, the Patriotic Front (PF) have already printed 2012 campaign paraphernalia bearing President Lungu’s name and portrait.

And the ruling party says it will not be stranded if the constitutional court declares President Edgar Lungu ineligible to stand for presidency in 2021 general elections.

Speaking to Diamond News in an exclusive interview, PF Deputy Secretary General, Mumbi Phiri says the party is ready for any outcome.

And the country’s largest opposition party, the UPND, says it does not expect the Constitutional Court to disqualify President Lungu from the 2021 race, signalling the party’s low confidence levels in the country’s judicial system.

UPND national chairperson Mutale Nalumango told a local radio station earlier this week that the party is ready to face President Lungu and beat him in the next elections.

And Governance, Elections, Advocacy and Research Services Executive Director, McDonald Chipenzi says this is a defining moment in as far as the role of the court in interpreting the constitution is concerned.

Meanwhile, Diamond TV reports that heavily armed police officers have surrounded the Supreme Court in Lusaka, ahead of the constitutional Court landmark judgement.

 

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