The Constitutional Court is today expected to make a ruling on whether or not to allow Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) leader Sean Tembo to withdraw the matter in which he sued the Attorney General, seeking a declaration that President Edgar Lungu violated the Constitutional by accepting the land gift in Eswatini without declaring it to the nation.
The full bench of the Court led by its president Hilda Chibomba yesterday reserved it’s ruling to today at 14:30 hours after both parties appeared before the court for hearing of the two applications.
The Attorney General, through the Chief State Advocate, asked the court not to allow the petitioner (Tembo) to discontinue the matter.
In his application for a notice to discontinue the matter, Tembo wants the case closed to pave way for the national dialogue and reconciliation process.
He pleaded with the Court to discontinue the case because if the matter is not withdrawn, it would jeopardise the process of reconciling all political parties.
“…then the on-going process will definitely crumble as the parties will be sitting on the reconciliation table with hardened hearts knowing that they are fighting over the same matters in court,” Tembo stated.
He has further submitted that the discontinuation of this matter may not necessarily guarantee the success of the Church-led national dialogue and reconciliation process but it would significantly increase the chances of success of the said process.
Tembo said this after Chief State Advocate Joe Simachela asked the Court to dismiss the opposition leader’s application to withdraw the case as “he is likely to commence the same facts once the negotiations on the national dialogue and reconciliation fail”.