By Lillian Zulu
THE Law Association of Zambia has urged the Constitutional Court to dismiss a case in which Danny Pule and three others want the court to determine President Edgar Lungu’s eligibility to contest the 2021 elections for lack of locus standi.
In its application to dismiss the action, LAZ, who joined the proceedings as an interested party through their lawyers Simeza, Sangwa and Associates, stated that the issues raised by Pule and others were non-justifiable by the Constitutional Court.
“In that (a) the applicants have no locus standi in the matter and (b) the originating summons do not disclose issues which are ripe for determination by the Constitutional Court,” LAZ argued.
It further submitted that the issues in the originating summons were ultra-vires the provisions of Article 52 of the Constitution hence null and void.
In this matter, the applicants who include Christian Democratic Party leader Danny Pule, Zambia Republican Party’s Wright Musoma, New Congress Party’s Peter Chanda and Citizens Democratic Party’s Robert Mwanza have cited the Attorney General, seeking the determination of the tenure of office and eligibility of President Lungu to stand as
presidential candidate in 2021 general elections pursuant to Article 106 (1), (3), (6) of the Constitution of Zambia (amendment) number two of 2016.
The applicants have argued that President Lungu was eligible to stand in 2021.
Heritage Party leader Brigadier General Miyanda and the UPND have been joined to the case.