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I will accept the 2021 election results. I will not go against the decision of the Zambian people, President Edgar Lungu says

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he will not go against the decision of the Zambian people in next year’s presidential elections.

A named tabloid has alleged that the Head of State said he will be win the forthcoming general election whether Zambians like it or not.

But a statement issued to Mwebantu, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Isaac Chipampe has dismissed the claims urging the named media outlet to be professional in its reporting.

Mr Chipampe said President Lungu has found it disturbing that some sections of the media decided to misquote him when he held public rallies in Kasama.

He said the President did not say “I’ll remain President…Whether Zambians like it or not ”  as reported by a named tabloid newspaper.

Mr Chipampe clarified that President Lungu instead, stated that he is President whether his opponents like it or not, and that if anything happened to him, his Constitutional successor is the Vice President, Mrs Inonge Mutukwa Wina.

He said President Lungu is a democrat who respects the will of the people.

“The President said journalists should report factually and not misinterpret or misinform the public to suit their agenda. Such reporting will not differentiate them from social media communicators”, he said.

Mr Chipampe further added that President Lungu has urged all journalists to strictly adhere to their professional ethics because not doing so could plunge the country into chaos.

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Police arrest man for pulling down and destroying campaign materials belonging to PF

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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.

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ConCourt throws out petition challenging the nomination of running mates

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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
papers.

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.

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President Edgar Lungu is eligible to stand as President in the August Elections, ConCourt declares

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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.

(PICTURE: FILE)

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12 Jun 2021, 1:40 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

110,332 Total Cases
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