The Lusaka High Court today has the unenviable task of ruling on the injunction sought by losing presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema to stop next Tuesday’s scheduled swearing in of President Edgar Lungu.
High Court judge Mwila Chitabo heard both parties on Thursday during an interparte hearing held in chambers and reserved ruling to today at 16:00 hours.
Chitabo will also rule on the application by Attorney General Likando Kalaluka who applied that the petitioners Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba be declared vexatious litigants for invoking a multiplicity of actions before courts of law.
Meanwhile in another action on the same matter that the UPND commenced before the Constitutional Court Justice Mungeni Mulenga adjourned interparte hearing to September 21.
The UPND wants an interpretation of whether inauguration can take place where the Constitutional Court has not declared the winner as duly elected after a complaint.
However, despite the court actions it is unlikely that the inauguration will be stopped with preparations at the venue and invitations served on various international delegates.