High court says has no jurisdiction

A Lusaka High Court has dismissed UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s application to stop the inauguration ceremony of PF’s Edgar Lungu.

Ruling on the matter, judge Mwila Chitabo said there was no provision under Article 28 of the constitution that allowed the High Court or the Supreme Court to order interim relief.

The interim relief being sought by UPND was also denied but the judge granted leave to UPND to appeal to supreme court.

Lawyers for UPND have indicated that they will appeal to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Judge Chitabo dismissed an application by Attorney General Likando Kalaluka where he wanted the court to deem Hichilema and GBM as vexatious litigants because they they were seeking similar reliefs in two different courts.

Judge Chitabo said Kalaluka’s application failed because the petitioners had pending matters in another court.

The judge further ruled that the applicants were entitled to go to court as a fundamental right.

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