PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has assured SADC countries that Zambia will comply with provisions of the Constitution, during and after the August 12, general elections.
Speaking yesterday at State House when when he held talks with Botswana President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, who is the current Chairperson of the SADC TROIKA for peace and security,President Lungu said the country is committed to upholding democracy and is proud of the record that has been set.
He has since extended an invitation to SADC Election Ooservers to witness the process, so as to give credibility to the elections.
“We are committed to democracy and we are proud of our record which we are renowned for. I wish to extend to the Government of Botswana and other SADC member states to observe the country’s general elections, ” President Lungu said.
And the head is state said he is concerned with the happenings in Mozambique and has urged President Masisi to intervene.
He also thanked his Botswana counterpart for helping Zambia resolve its border differences with the Democratic Republic of Congo -DRC.
The President expressed gratitude to President Masisi for his personal commitment and his government’s support towards Zambia’s efforts with the Democratic Republic of Congo in finding a lasting solution to the Zambia-DRC border issue.
“l will soon pay a courtesy call on Democratic Republic of Congo President Etienne Tshisekedi to discuss the matter further, ” said the President.
Meanwhile, President Lungu said he looks forward to showcasing the Kazungula bridge in May this year, saying the bridge will play an important role in regional integration.
And President Masisi said Zambia is important to Botswana’s history and that some of its citizens were educated in this country.
He called for regional integration, adding that the Kazungula bridge is much more than a bridge, and said he will be happy to commission the facility.
President Masisi also expressed concern with the happenings in Mozambique and that a physical Troika meeting will be convened in Mozambique with the aim of restoring peace.
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.