Petition main hearing set for Sept 2

The Constitutional Court has set Friday,2nd September as the date for commencement of the main hearing of the petition filed in by the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) challenging the re-election of President Edgar Lungu.
Meanwhile soldiers have been summoned to their respective Barracks ahead of court hearing on whether PF president Edgar Lungu should hand over power to the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini.
And the court will this afternoon hear an application by the petitioners in which they are seeking to have President Lungu relinquish executive functions to the Speaker of the national assembly.
Preliminary issues relating to the petition are expected to be concluded by Thursday before the Constitutional Court can start hearing the petition.
The constitutional court is also expected to give guidance on whether the fourteen days period stipulated in the constitution for hearing a petition started counting on the actual day the UPND filed the petition or the days will start counting from the day the main petition hearing will commence.
Lawyers representing President Lungu have however, argued that the 14 days in which the Petition should be heard will expire on Friday this week.
But UPND lawyers have argued that the 14 days will end next Thursday on 8th September, 2016 if weekends are excluded.
The UPND contends that the Court should consider 14 working days and not weekends. The court has not been sitting on weekends.
The court has since adjourned to 15 hours this afternoon.
Meanwhile soldiers have been summoned to their respective Barracks ahead of court hearing on whether PF president Edgar Lungu should hand over power to the Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini.

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