The Constitutional Court has been forced to extend the 14 days in which the presidential petition should be heard.
This was after UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his vice Geoffrey Mwamba, standing in court as litigants in person, challenged the court to give them time to engage lawyers to represent them. Earlier UPND lawyers strategically withdrew from court when it became apparent that the judges were biased and were rejecting any application they made.
Constitutional Court President Hildah Chibomba ruled that since the petition had not been heard due to the events of the day, HH and GBM will need to find lawyers and commence trial on Monday. The Court further ordered that each party will have two days to be heard. Earlier the court had refused to give parties enough time to present their cases.
The PF is relying on having the case dismissed on a technicality as they wanted the case to be heard and concluded within 24 hours.
So the constitutional court has powers to change the time after all? Then what the hell was that all about ’14 days is 14 days.’