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Failure to serve summons delays presidential petition case

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IMG_5649The case in which United Party for National Development (UPND) has petitioned the Constitutional Court challenging the declaration of Edgar Lungu as the winner of the 2016 general elections failed take off on Monday August 22.

The petition is scheduled to be heard within 14 days as prescribed by the new constitution but the case could not take off as the summons were not served to the respondents who include Lungu and Vice President-elect Inonge Wina.

The UPND legal team who briefed the media outside the court said they will serve all necessary summons on Monday in preparation for the commencement of the sitting on Tuesday.

It is alleged that the UPND lawyers had served the summons to the Attorney General, who is not a part to these proceedings.

But according to a source, the Lawyers had delivered summons to State House but the security detail wouldn’t allow them access forcing them to drop the court-papers outside.

The UPND successfully filed in a petition signed by its leader Hakainde Hichilema and his deputy Geoffrey  Bwalya Mwamba that the court may overturn and subsequent nullify Lungus elections as Republican President.

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