PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he is mandated by law to constitute a Commission of Inquiry on any matter and to do that, he does not need to consult anyone to do that.
Speaking at State House this morning when addressed a team of youths led by YALI Executive Director Andrew Ntewewe who matched there to present him with a petition to compel him to constitute a Commission of Inquiry into the privatization, President Lungu said he is still consulting his team before taking a step.
“I wish to thank you for the time you took out of your busy schedules to follow up on a matter of great interest. This matter has been on people’s minds and discussions have been held in various places. I have also had people pushing me on this subject matter. But like I said, the will of the people reigns supreme,” President Lungu said.
He said he has heard the people’s voices and is still consulting his team before making a decision.
“Section 2 of the inquiries act allows me to set up a commission of inquiry and I am not obliged to consult anybody. But having heard the voices which have been across the country, North, South, East, and West throughout the country, I will take time to reflect on this matter and I will make a few consultations because what you have given me is a petition of signatures without giving me terms of reference,” President Lungu said.
“So, I will have to sit with those who are well vested with the matter of privatization and those who are very well vested with the law to tell me what will be the terms of reference for the commission. And also then we move in accordance with what the law provides. I think it’s a matter of time.”
President Lungu said whether people were sleeping or not during the privatization, those who were involved will have to answer to the people.
“We have to put this matter to rest and all those who were in it and were found wanting will have to answer to the people. Whether people were sleeping or not doesn’t matter but what is important is justice. So, I assure you that it’s a matter of time, the commission will be constituted and all I am looking for are these gentlemen, ministers and others who are conversant with the matters to give me what we could consider to be appropriate terms of reference. And then we will begin identifying which citizens can be on this commission. All said and done, this is a patriotism that we want to see in this country,” said President Lungu.
Speaking earlier when introducing the youths to the President, Ntewewe said 42, 289 youths had signed the petition.
Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 23 year old man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to the Patriotic Front Mandevu aspiring Member of Parliament.
In a media statement issued, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said Joseph Sakala of angels area, Kabanana compound has been detained in police custody awaiting court appearance.
“This is reported to have occured on 11th June, 2021 at 16 30 hours in Chazanga Compound at Angel’s Clinic,” Mrs Katongo said.
She further reminded all political party sympathizers to avoid destroying other political party campaign materials as the act is criminal.
ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates
THE Constitutional Court has thrown out a petition which was challenging the nominations of running mates for lack of merit.
The court said the running mates are not supposed to pay nomination fees and also provide 100 supporters because they are merely invited by the party presidents.
Researcher and lecturer at UNZA Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa and Lusaka lawyer Alfred
Kanda petitioned 16 running mates to the Presidential candidates for political parties, seeking the nullification of their nominations because they do not meet the conditions set by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) when filing in nomination
Those challenged are President Edgar Lungu’s running mate Professor Nkandu Luo, UPND’s Mutale Nalumango and running mates for all political parties taking part in this year’s elections.
President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares
THE Constitutional Court has declared that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the August 12 General Elections.
This is the third time the Constitutional Court is ruling that President Lungu is eligible to stand as President.
Delivering the abridged majority judgment, judge Anne Sitali declared that President Lungu was entitled to contest the elections as he has not twice held office.
She said Article 106 does not bar President Lungu from participating in the election this year.
“The first respondent’s nomination is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021.
The petitions have no merit and each party to bear own costs,” judge Sitali said.
However, one of the Constitutional Court judges, Professor Margaret Munalula, indicated that she had a dissenting judgment which she will deliver on June 30.
Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), Chapter One Foundation and University of Zambia (UNZA) researcher and lecturer Dr Sishuwa Sishuwa, through their lawyers John Sangwa and Linda Kasonde, argued that President Lungu already held office as President twice and that he was therefore, not eligible to stand in the forthcoming elections.
President Lungu was represented by Bonaventure Mutale, Eric Silwamba, Joseph Jalasi, Sakwiba Sikota and Lubinda Linyama while Attorney General Likando Kalaluka appeared for the State.