Sangwa’s petition is out of time, dismiss it with costs, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) says
THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has asked the Constitutional Court to dismiss lawyer John Sangwa’s petition because it is out of time.
Sangwa, who is a constitutional lawyer on Tuesday filed a petition in court in which he wants the ECZ to be ordered to amend an affidavit for Presidential candidates/Running Mates to include words: “I have not twice held office as President”.
But the ECZ in its answer to Sangwa’s petition and skeleton arguments filed in court today, submitted that the Constitution has prescribed the manner and fashion of challenging the constitutionality of Statutory Instruments which is 14 days of the publication of the Statutory Instrument.
“The Statutory Instrument which the petitioner has sought to challenge was published in August 2016,” Nshindano stated. “We submit that given that the Statutory Instrument in question was published on 12th August 2016, the petition is therefore, clearly out of time.”
He urged the court to dismiss it with costs.
“We submit that the delay in challenging its constitutionality is inordinate and inexcusable and in line with Article 67(4), the petitioner’s claim should be dismissed with costs for being vexatious,” Nshindano argued.
And Nshindano also argued that as advised by ECZ’s lawyers, the contents of the affidavit for Presidential candidates/Running Mate conform to the requirements of Article 100 of the Constitution which relates to the qualification of disqualification of Presidential candidates.
Sangwa in his petition contended that the affidavit for Presidential candidate/Running Mate does not meet the requirement of Article 52 of the Constitution because it does not require a candidate in order to qualify for nomination as a Presidential candidate to state on Oath the number of times the candidate has held office as President as required by Article 106 (3) of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court has allowed Attorney General Likando Kalaluka to join these proceedings.
Trust God even as the nation goes to the polls,President Edgar Lungu tells Zambians
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called on Zambians to trust God even as the nation goes to the polls and not to let anything divide them.
Speaking during his renewal of the bible society of Zambia membership, the President said God’s word must be the anchor throughout the past, present and future life of the nation.
“Therefore, it is important that, as a nation, we trust god at all times because he will always be there for us.This is even more true that Zambia will be holding elections on 12th August, 2021. God’s word must be the anchor of the nation throughout our past, present and future life of our great nation,” he said.
The President Lungu who is also patron and president of the society said he has no doubt that Zambians will honour the values especially to respect the dignity of one another.
“God’s word calls us to love God and to love one another, as fundamental values of the christian faith. As President i wish to reiterate these important words of the bible.That is why God’s word is true and relevant for every season, whether it is during times of COVID or times of elections, we are called to care and love for another as God’s children,” he said.
The President further urged Zambians to make God the centre of their lives and nation at large.
“I love the bible because it tells us in Galatians 3:28 that “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus,” he added.
President Lungu commended the society for the distribution of close to 70,000 bibles to the vulnerable communities among them seven thousand orphans.
“God’s word is about remembering the poor and those who do not have the means to afford a bible. Therefore, every support that, we as a nation, give to support the work of the bible society goes to ensure that more orphans and vulnerable communities are reached,” President Lungu added.
He further called for peace among citizens.
“My prayer, as President and patron of the bible society of Zambia, is for peace to be with all Zambians and our nation,” he said.
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Catholic Bishops elect Most Rev. Ignatius Chama, Archbishop of Kasama as the president of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops
THE Catholic Bishops in Zambia have elected Most Rev. Ignatius Chama, Archbishop of Kasama as the president of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Most Rev. Ignatius Chama takes over from Bishop George Lungu who was elected president in 2018.
Most Rev. Ignatius Chama who has been Vice President was elected at the just ended ZCCB Extended Executive Meeting held on 4th May, 2021 at Kapingila ZCCB House in Lusaka.
Rt. Rev. Charles Kasonde, Bishop of Solwezi is now the Vice President and Staffing Committee member.
ZCCB Secretary General Fr. Cleophas Lungu has made the announcement in a memorandum addressed to The Apostolic Nunciature, Local Ordinaries, ZCCB Staff, ZCCB Institutions, Zambia Association of Sisterhoods, Associations Religious Men in Zambia, Association of Zambia Diocesan Catholic Clergy and all the Catholic Faithful.
Other Bishops elected to the ZCCB Executive Board are: Most Rev. Dr. Alick Banda of Lusaka Archdiocese, Rt. Rev. Patrick Chisanga, OFM. Conv., Bishop of Mansa and Rt. Rev. Dr. Benjamini Phiri, Bishop of Ndola. The alternate member is Rt. Rev. Evans Chinyemba, OMI, Bishop of Mongu.