The discredited Constitutional Court has set 21 February 2017 for hearing of the application by four briefcase political parties seeking to declare President Edgar Lungu as an eligible presidential candidate for 2021 elections.
Justice Margaret Munalula will hear the matter in which four individuals sponsored by the PF are seeking the court’s interpretation of Article 106, Sub Article 13 and 6 of the President’s tenure of office.
The four parties that are sponsored by the PF are Christian Democratic Party (CDP) president Daniel Pule, Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) president Wright Musonda New Congress Party (NCP) president Peter Chanda and Citizens Democratic Party (CDP) leader Robert Mwanza as applicants and Attorney General Likando Kalaluka as respondent. All these so called parties have no following, they are just parties on paper.
The sponsored agents applied in support of grounds that
President Lungu’s election of 20 January 2015 did not constitute a term of office according to Article 106(b) of the Constitution of Zambia Amendment No. 2 of 2016.
They further stated in their application that Lungu’s first term of office commenced on 13th September 2016 when he was sworn in as President for a term of five years and that he was eligible to stand in the 2021 elections.
Lungu himself declared that he was constitutionally eligible to stand in the 2021 general elections at South Downs Airport in Kalulushi recently.