THE petition by the UPND to the Constitutional Court to have the election of President Edgar Lungu nullified will not stop the inauguration scheduled for Tuesday next week.
According to Patriotic Front lawyer Tutwa Ngulube, there is no law that stops the inauguration of a President who has won in the first ballot by the 50+1 majority as required under Article 101 of the constitution.
“President Lungu attained the 50+1 majority and any petition does not stop him from being inaugurated and holding office until determination of the petition.” He said.
“There is no law that stops the inauguration of a successful candidate. He explained.
Mr Ngulube said the swearing-in of President Lungu would go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday next week in accordance with the Constitution of Zambia.
Mr Ngulube, who is Patriotic Front (PF) Kabwe Central newly elected Member of Parliament, said despite the petition there was nothing to prevent the Chief Justice from swearing in President Lungu on Tuesday because there was no re-run.
He said the inauguration of the Head of State would proceed as scheduled under Article 105 which provided for the President-elect to be sworn in seven days after the declaration of the presidential winner.
Mr Ngulube said the UPND petition which was filed in the Constitutional Court yesterday was not going to halt the swearing in of President Lungu and could therefore only serve as an academic exercise.