President Hichilema to sue state when he leaves office

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President Hakainde Hichilema has asked the Lusaka High Court to stay proceedings and struck him off the case where he and five others sued the State for unlawful prosecution for treason in 2017.

President Hichilema’s lawyer Zevfyanji Sinkala of ZS Legal Practitioners, stated that the Head of State could not pursue the action against the State as he was now the President of Zambia.

“That the 1st plaintiff is, however, desirous of pursuing these proceedings against the defendant so soon after vacating the office of President,” Sinkala stated in his affidavit filed in court.

Sinkala added that the pleadings in respect of the claims by President

Hichilema were separate and distinct and as such, capable of being tried separately.

“I verily believe that this is a fit and proper case for this honorable court to make an order for the 1st plaintiff (President Hichilema) to be removed from these proceedings,” he stated.

Sinkala stated further that no prejudice will be occasioned to the State but that the interest of justice shall be served.

In this case, President Hichilema, Hamusonde Hamaleka, accountant, Lason Mulilanduba and Prestorious Haloba farmers, Wallace Chakawa and Muleya Hachonda, businessmen sued the State for unlawful prosecution.

President Hichilema is further demanding exemplary and compensatory damages equivalent in value of monies lost and property damaged at his house, among other claims.



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