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Judge Bobo sets May 24 for ruling on whether Nkombo, Kambwili can join impeachment case

LUSAKA High Court judge Annesie Banda Bobo has set May 24 for ruling on whether to allow Garry Nkombo and Chishimba Kambwili to join proceedings in a matter two citizens have applied for judicial review to challenge the Speaker’s decision to table the impeachment motion.

Judge Bobo set the date yesterday after Robert Chabinga and Henry Mulenga, who sued Attorney General in this matter, objected to an application by Nkombo and Kambwili to join the matter as mover and seconder of the motion.

Nkombo, the UPND Mazabuka Central member of parliament and Kambwili, the PF Roan legislator, asked judge Bobo to allow them to be joined in the proceedings on grounds that they have an interest in the case.

Nkombo and Kambwili argued that the purported decision of the Speaker to table the impeachment motion against President Edgar Lungu on the floor of the House was a matter they had an interest in and if the same was overturned, they were likely to be affected with the outcome.

Chabinga and Mulenga, however, contend that it was not Nkombo and  Kambwili’s role to protect the Speaker’s decision but that of the Attorney General.

They argued that Nkombo and Kambwili had not demonstrated sufficient interest as to why they should be part of the proceedings as such their application should be thrown out.

They said that the proceedings do not in any way touch on the parliamentary debates of the motion presented by the duo but it was about the issue of the Speaker exercising his constitutional powers.

Judge Bobo reserved ruling to May 24.

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