It’s a third term, insists Chaile

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Radical Revolutionary Party leader Vincent Chaile has disagreed with the Constitutional Court’s ruling that cleared President Edgar Lungu to seek reelection in 2021.

The country’s highest court yesterday that ruled that President Lungu is currently serving his first term of office as the amount of time he served after Michael Sata’s death cannot be considered a full term.

But Chaile insists that the Constitutional Court has paved way for a possible third term for Lungu.

The outspoken opposition leader explains: “In the old constitution of 2016 there was no provisions of presidential by-election or a provision to finish someone’s term. The constitution only provided for a Presidential election and not a presidential by-election.

“Article 38 of 2016 states ‘If the office of the President becomes vacant by reason of death or resignation or by reason of his ceasing to hold office by virtue of article 36, 37 or 38 an “election” of the office of the president shall be held with accordance to article 34 within 90 days.’

“When President Edgar Lungu was elected in 2015 after the death of President Sata under the old constitution he was elected for a period of 5 years (full term), but a his term came to an end immediately when parliament was dissolved.

“It is unfair to the people of Zambia to insist that President Edgar Lungu did not finish his term when he himself inherited the old parliament left by President Sata. The greatest mistake President Edgar Lungu made was to open and be part of the old parliament.”

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4 Responses to It’s a third term, insists Chaile

  1. My argument could be does a presidential term mean physical rendition or technical phenomenon.
    However I do realise that the bench doesnt consider the hidden agenda of the technicality in the law .

    nshilimubemba
    December 8, 2018 at 6:08 pm
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  2. It is a done deal. What you say after the concourt ruling does not matter any more. For politicians, just start positioning yourselves to face ECL in 2021. Do not waste time beating a dead horse.

    M.M.
    December 9, 2018 at 12:05 pm
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  3. Who is Chaile mwebantu?

    Abdul
    December 10, 2018 at 10:38 am
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  4. Who is chaile kanshi. Just another loose cannon making noise on the net

    Bwanja
    December 11, 2018 at 4:21 pm
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