Politics

Court Adjourns Case on Tabling of Impeachment Motion by Matibini

Lusaka High Court judge Anessie Banda-Bobo has adjourned the case in which Lusaka residents Robert Chabinga and Henry Mulenga sued the Attorney General over the Speaker’s tabling of an impeachment motion against President Edgar Lungu moved by Mazabuka member of parliament Garry Nkombo and former Roan member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili.

When the matter came up for hearing, it was adjourned through a consent by both parties after the petitioners’ lawyer of Hobday Kabwe Advocate informed the court that they wished to have the matter adjourned to a later date to allow them respond to the state’s opposition.

Previously, the matter had not taken off because both parties sought an adjournment stating that they could not proceed with the case as they had to attend the National Dialogue Forum (NDF).

Judge Bobo reluctantly granted the adjournment to June 24 but warned that she was adjourning the matter for the last time and ordered both parties to file submissions before the next date of hearing.

On April 4, 2018 judge Bobo had halted the impeachment motion that was presented before Parliament pending determination.

In her ex-parte order for leave to apply for judicial review, judge Bobo granted the application which operated as a stay and stopped the Speaker from tabling the Motice of Motion to impeach the President.

Chabinga and Mulenga are seeking a declaration that the Speaker’s decision to accept and table the motion to impeach President Lungu was unreasonable, procedurally improper and illegal.

They also want a declaration that the motion was unreasonable because individuals who appended their signatures were members of the UPND, therefore the Speaker should have exercised reasonable observation before tabling the matter.

12 Comments

  1. Isaac

    In my opinion, l think even the NDF must be nullified as it is not the wish of the Zambian people. Before it taken to parliament, let it go round the province for hearing and submissions to hear what the stakeholders will say other than imposing laws which do not make sense.

  2. Geoffrey Bwamba Mwalya

    Isaac your comment makes sense.

  3. THE REGULATOR

    YOU ATE VERY RIGHT ISAAC.IF THE NDC SUBMISSIONS CANNOT BE SUBJECTED TO THE SCRUITNY OF THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE, THEN IT WILL BE THE COMMENCEMENT OF DECTATORIAL GOVERNANCE.THANKS ONCE AGAIN ISAAC.YOU HAVE SPOKEN MY MIND AS A CONCERNED CITIZEN

  4. Time wasters

    You are wasting time

  5. Shaba

    Correct BR Isaac,

  6. Law abiding citizen

    Isaac , well spoken, but what if we take expenses into account how much it will cost for gov to print materials to distribute to all the provinces in addition the language used in statutes can not be construed by every member of the society, thirdly the role of the MPs is to make laws and the NDF consists of such people

  7. Christopher Kalenga

    NDF was well attended and represented by our well meaning MPs if yours was absent,why taking it to all provinces for what submissions?Very dull.

  8. BEMBA

    By the way Mr Christopher Kalenga concening the Ndf not all the mps represented the will of the majority at that gathering, the out come of the laws made by the so called mps will affect us, I may not be affect directly but if one of my relative is affected it means am also affected. Think for your relatives out their Mr once again.

  9. Jms

    Christopher kalengawhen commenting you must go through because you will write unthinkable words chsbinga and Mulenga these people have been blinded by the money they have achieved let’s wait for the last date put

  10. Fastforward!

    I have always insisted that Lubinda is a cunning fellow. Remember that at one time his Ministry dished out money for people to go around the country asking whether Zambia should leave the ICC. Why can’t he now find the money for people from his ministry to find out whether we are interested in the NDF! Lubinda is a very cunning fellow! He wants his cake and eat it.

  11. Bwamba bwandi

    Iwe so called. Bemba that forum invited all Zambians the disabled and others if ablind person with others with challenges attended who are you to complain? No one shall ever call again that national gathering until end of the world it is finished

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