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Court reserves ruling in HH, GBM appeal against misjoining of Speaker from taking over power case

RULING in a case in which UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his vice Geoffrey Mwamba appealed against the misjoining of Speaker Patrick Matibini to the case where is being challenged for not taking over power after a presidential petition was lodged in 2016 has been reserved.

The UPND appealed against the single judge’s decision to misjoin the Speaker in a case he was been challenged for not taking over executive powers.

Hakainde and GBM cited President Edgar Lungu and Speaker Matibini but the Speaker was removed from the proceedings.

The Constitutional Court reserved ruling after the parties argued the matter.

During hearing on Thursday afternoon, UPND lead lawyer John Sangwa insisted that the Speaker should still be part of the matter.

He told the court that the appeal complied to the rules of the court and that court had jurisdiction to entertain the appeal.

But Lubinda Linyama, the counsel for President Lungu, submitted that the appeal did not comply with the rules of the court.

He said Hakainde and GBM did not file the affidavit in support of the summons and other documents.

Linyama,  however, asked the court to dismiss the application based on the said reasons.

Ruling was reserved.

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