LAWYER John Sangwa has petitioned the Constitutional Court to command the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to amend the presidential nomination affidavit to include a paragraph which reads ‘I have not twice held office as President’.
In his petition filed in court today, Sangwa, a Constitutional lawyer, stated that the current version of the affidavit for Presidential candidate /running mate prescribed by the ECZ does not mandate Presidential candidates to address what is provided for in Article 106 (3) of the Constitution.
“The petitioner contends 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,” Sangwa stated, citing the ECZ.
Sangwa stated that after the amendment of the Constitution on January 5, 2016, ECZ in accordance with its constitutional mandate, prescribed a number of documents for use during the election.
He stated that he attended a meeting at ECZ on April 30, 2021 whose purpose was to confirm whether there has been any amendment to the said nomination affidavit for the Presidential candidates for the General Elections scheduled for August 12.
“The petitioner was informed that the substance of the said affidavit has not changed,” he said.
Sangwa prays that his petition be allowed so that ECZ can be commanded to amend the said affidavit to include “I have not twice held office as President” so as to comply with Article 106 (3).
Sangwa also prayed that the hearing of his petition be expedited.
PF withdraws adoption certificate from Dorothy Nachilongo
THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party has with immediate effect withdrawn its adoption certificate from Dorothy Nachilongo who had earlier been adopted to contest the forthcoming Chifubu Parliamentary elections on the party ticket.
The party has instead adopted Kondwani Winga popularly known as ‘major’ to contest the Chifubu parliamentary elections.
Secretary general, Davies Mwila said in a statement that the changes have beennecessitated by some consequential information and developments that have come to the attention of the party’s Central Committee concerning the candidature of Ms Nachilongo.
“I am hereby directing all our Party structures in Chifubu Constituency and the Copperbelt Province to support and work with Mr. Kondwani Winga and ensure that we maximise the Presidential Vote,” he said.
Yesterday, some residents in Chifubu Township protested against the candidature of Ms Nachilongo.
Adoption of visually impaired candidate, Dr. Thomas Mtonga, elates BSLT
BORN Short Living Tall (BSLT) Zambia has welcomed the adoption of Thomas Mtonga, a visually impaired person to stand as Patriotic Front (PF) candidate for Chasefu constituency in the Eastern province during the forthcoming General Elections.
BSLT executive director Ntalasha Chisha said the adoption of Mr Mtonga, a lecturer at the University of Zambia gives hope to the cries of differently-abled persons.
He further said the adoption is a victory for differently-abled not only in Chasefu but elsewhere.
“We are calling on the people of Chasefu to rally behind him not because of his physical appearance but because he is a human being like any other who can represent the people and deliver,” Mr Chisha.
He also congratulated the PF for showing a great example to all political parties by choosing Mr Mtonga, the organization feel will be a great voice for the masses of differently-abled persons once elected in Parliament.
Mr Chisha further said his organization will pay nomination fees to adopted persons living with disabilities as a way of showing them support as it wants issues affecting differently-abled persons being represented by the affected persons themselves.
“Mr Mtonga’s adoption is indeed a game changer and we wish him all the very best in his campaigns,” he said.
The Body of late H.E. Dr. Joseph Chilengi, Zambian ambassador to Turkey returns home today
THE body of late Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia to the Republic of Turkey, Joseph Chilengi, will arrive in Lusaka today at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport aboard a Turkish Military Aircraft at 20:30 hours.
According to a statement issued, Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Simon Miti said President Edgar Lungu has since accorded Dr Chilengi an official funeral.
He said the burial will take place on Monday May 17 at Leopards Hill Memorial Park in Lusaka preceded by a funeral church service at Miracle Life Church in Roma Township off Zambezi Road at 10:00 hours.
Dr Miti said President Lungu has to the effect declared Monday a day of national mourning in honor of Ambassador Chilengi.
“During the period of national mourning all flags will fly at half-mast while activities of entertainment in nature should be suspended from 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.
Members of the public are further advised that in line with the public health guidelines on preventing the further spread of Covid-19 at public gatherings, attendance at the Official Funeral Church Service and burial at the Leopards Hill Memorial Park has been restricted to 250 invited family members and representatives of the Government,” he said.
Ambassador Chilengi died on Tuesday 11th May, 2021 at Güven Hospital in Ankara where he was receiving medical attention.
(Picture by Ministry of Foreign Affairs)