ConCourt Fails To Hear Petition, Adjourns To Monday

courtThe Constitutional Court has adjourned to Monday next week the hearing of the presidential election petition which was earlier set to be heard and concluded on Friday yesterday.

The Court has also ordered that two days each be given to both the petitioners and respondents to argue their case.

This was after the Constitution Court failed to hear the petition by stroke of midnight of yesterday.

The petitioners Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Mwamba had applied to the Court that it gives them ample time to seek fresh lawyers to represent them after the lawyers that were representing them earlier excused themselves from the proceedings before the Court.

Mr. Hichilema and Mr. Mwamba have argued that they will need legal representation if the hearing of the petition is to continue to be heard fairly.

They have contended that they came to Court to seek justice and therefore justice would not be done if they were not represented by lawyers.

They state that it is in fact their constitutional right to be represented by lawyers and be heard fairly by the Court.

The two petitioners have also asked the Court to keep in mind the expectation that Zambians have that it delivers justice in the petition before it.

But lawyers representing the respondents opposed the request by the petitioners.

Their argument is that the Constitutional Court’s hands were tied to allow ample time to the petitioners to seek fresh legal representation.

The respondents’ lawyers reminded the Court that it is bound by the Republican Constitution to hear the petition by midnight Friday the 2nd of the September 2016

6 Responses to "ConCourt Fails To Hear Petition, Adjourns To Monday"

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  2. kantaka   September 3, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Lawyers are a disappointment. They should have hastened the Petition but they went about it as if they have all the time in the world. They first presented the petition on the last day of the provided 7 days. They started with not serving summons to the right people and ended up with several request for ballots, transfer of power, preliminary issues which wasted 13 days. Now they agreed to hear each other in the middle of the night like witches. Then some walk out including the head of pornography Mushipe. All this circus would have been avoided has the petitioner’s lawyers been clever. But they are dull

  3. Wise   September 3, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    If hearing excludes the weekends, even the filing of petition should be considered to have ended somewhere on 24th August 2016 and those 52 grounds which were dropped from petitioners should be reinstated. Otherwise the learned have failed. Anyway, what do you expect from man made law?

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  5. Kokolikooo...lungu nabucha buka   September 4, 2016 at 9:07 am

    The Upnd lawyers did not walk out of court deliberately but boycotted over the stupid judges who are always on the side of this mommon forgid president! ECL.

  6. IF NOT   September 5, 2016 at 9:55 am

    They boycotted because they could read between the lines that they are fighting a losing battle. It was wrong for the concourt judges to even extend to Monday. SONTA