ConCourt ‘halts’ proceedings in Lungu eligibility case

THE Constitutional Court has adjourned until further notice the case in which Dan Pule and three others are seeking the interpretation of whether or not President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the 2021 Presidential elections following a complaint lodged before the Judicial Complaints Commission against ConCourt president judge Hildah Chibomba for gross misconduct and incompetence.

When the case was called before judges Chibomba, Anne Sitali, Mungeni Mulenga, Enock Mulembe and Professor Margaret Munalula, the former asked the parties to make appearances after which she handed the matter to judge Sitali.

And judge Sitali said the court on January 26 received a notice in which Pule and others moved a motion that the case be heard by the full bench comprising seven judges because the matter was of significant constitutional importance.

She said whilst the bench was preparing to hear the application for the matter to be heard by a full bench, the petitioners lodged a complaint against judge Chibomba before the JCC, alleging gross misconduct and incompetence because she was sharing lawyers, Malambo and Company, with the UPND who were second interested party in the matter.

“In view of the complaint, we are not able to hear this matter and it stands adjourned until further notice,” said judge Sitali.

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