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High Court Rejects Hichilema’s Application To Halt Pres. Lungu’s Inauguration

zukas-upnd-officialsThe Lusaka High Court has thrown out an application by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to halt the inauguration ceremony slated for next Tuesday.

The application was thrown-out with costs.

Judge Mwila Chitabo said in the ruling made after 18:30 hours that the court had no jurisdiction to make such a decision.

“I have no jurisdiction to grant interim relief sought under Article 28. They are denied with costs,” he said.

Hichilema and his running mate are seeking the High Court’s interpretation of the Constitutional Court’s decision to deny them their fundamental right to be heard over their election petition

The Constitutional Court dismissed the Petition for want of prosecution when the 14 days stipulated by the Constitution lapsed.

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