CONCOURT DISJOINS LUNGU FROM HH SUIT

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By NATION REPORTER

THE Constitutional Court has disjoined President Edgar Lungu from a case where Hakainde Hichilema and his vice Geoffrey Mwamba petitioned the court seeking an order for the Speaker of the National Assembly to act as President while the presidential election petition was in court.

The petition, which was filed on October 5 2016 cited President Lungu and the Attorney General as the respondents in the matter.

But Attorney General, Likando Kalaluka applied to have Mr Lungu disjoined.

The Constitutional Court in its ruling delivered yesterday by Judge Palan Mulonda, disjoined Mr Lungu from the proceeding stating that the Attorney General was the right person to be sued.

The court ruled that Article 98 of the constitution clothed Mr Lungu with immunity from any legal and criminal proceedings in respect of any acts performed in his capacity as President.

In the petition, the UPND leaders wanted the Constitutional Court to issue an order, prohibiting Mr Lungu from performing the executive functions of Republican President.

They also wanted an order commanding the Speaker of the National Assembly to perform the executive functions until Mr Lungu was declared as validly elected or until another person was elected President.

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