SIGH OF RELIEF FOR LUNGU: As Con Court throws out Bill 10 petition

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The Constitutional Court has dismissed a petition by Law Association of Zambia -LAZ and Chapter One Foundation Limited to have the Constitution Amendment (Bill 10 of 2019) withdrawn from Parliament.

The Court has ruled that the petition by LAZ and Chapter One Foundation lacked merit because they did not show how Justice Minister Given Lubinda breached constitutional procedure when he presented the controversial Bill to Parliament.

This is according to a final majority judgement delivered by Constitutional Court Judge Enock Mulembe on behalf of five others.

Judge Mulembe said the Constitutional Court can not intervene in the matter as the arguments by LAZ and Chapter One do not show how the mandatory formalities as prescribed in Article 79 of the constitution, where violated by the tabling of Bill 10.

He said the petitioners also rushed to seek the Constitutional Court’s intervention as they would have waited for the Bill to pass its third Reading.

In this matter, Chapter One Foundation Limited had petitioned the Constitutional Court for an order that Minister of Justice Given Lubinda withdraws Bill 10.

LAZ was seeking a declaration that government’s decision to amend the Constitution in the manner set in Bill Number 10 of 2019, is illegal because it contravenes several Articles of the constitution including 1, 8, 9, 61, and 79 among others.

Meanwhile, the ruling would have brought a sigh of relief to President Edgar Lungu, who desperately wants the Bill to sail through.


4 Responses to SIGH OF RELIEF FOR LUNGU: As Con Court throws out Bill 10 petition

  1. It’s time for a LEARNED and Professional Law Association to be formed. LAZ has no collective jurisprudential conscience.

    Monze Sec School 1st Alumnus
    July 3, 2020 at 5:06 pm

  2. What did you expect? Laz did things in a hurry. I agree that we need a reformed laz with lawyers who can give hope to people than working on impulse.

    Abena kafue
    July 3, 2020 at 5:12 pm

  3. Thank you for your fair judgement on this matter.

    Moses P Sichula
    July 3, 2020 at 6:07 pm

  4. Thanks for your good thoughts to dismiss this

    July 4, 2020 at 2:09 pm

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