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Speaker did not act illegally by tabling impeachment motion – Sikatele

NATIONAL Assembly deputy clerk-procedure Cecilia Sikatele has submitted before the Lusaka High Court that she will rely on an affidavit filed on April 17, 2018 in which she contended that Speaker Patrick Matibini did not act unreasonably, illegally or unprocedurally by tabling the motion to impeach President Edgar Lungu.

In this case, Robert Chabinga and Henry Mulenga have sought leave to commence judicial review proceedings to challenge Dr Matibini’s decision to allow the tabling of the motion to impeach President Lungu in Parliament that was moved by NDC political consultant Chishimba Kambwili and Mazabuka Central UPND member of parliament Gary Nkombo.

Chabinga and Mulenga cited the Attorney General.

Judge Anessie Banda Bobo has set January 16 for hearing of the matter.

According to an affidavit filed by Sikatele dated January 11 opposing Chabinga and Mulenga’s application for judicial review, she stated that she would rely on an affidavit filed last April.

In the April affidavit, Sikatele stated that the Speaker could not have acted unreasonably, illegally, or unprocedurally by tabling the motion to impeach President Lungu.

Sikatele submitted that there was no basis upon which Chabinga and Mulenga should be granted leave to commence judicial review proceedings as the application was premised, anchored or founded on a misapprehension of facts because no decision has yet been made on whether or not the motion is admissible.

She had also submitted that that motion to impeach the President was still being studied by the Speaker and that he would make a decision on the admissibility of the motion in due course.

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