High Court orders speaker not to entertain impeachment motion

LUSAKA High Court judge Anessie Banda Bobo has ordered Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini not to entertain receipt for debate of and for voting on a notice of motion for the impeachment of President Edgar Lungu.

And judge Bobo has set April 24 for hearing the matter inter partes.

In this case, PF lawyer Robert Chabinga and Henry Mulenga have sought judicial review proceedings against the Speaker’s decision on the notice of motion, ground supporting the notice of motion and signatures of one third of the members house supporting the same which UPND member of parliament Garry Nkombo and NDC political consultant presented on March 23, 2018.

The Speaker had decided that the motion would be tabled and discussed at full length at a given date in June 2018.

Chabinga and Mulenga have cited Attorney General Likando Kalaluka.

Judge Bobo granted the applicants an ex parte order allowing them to seek judicial review and that the leave shall operate as a stay of the decision of the Speaker to table the motion to impeach President Lungu pending the full determination of the matter or until any further direction by the honourable court.

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