ConCourt shocker, Lungu consults

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is consulting his lawyers following the decision by the Constitutional Court to extend the hearing of the UPND petition by four days.

The Constitutional Court adjourned the election petition to tomorrow after the Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba addressed the Bench on Friday.

Special assistant to the President for press and public relations Amos Chanda said Government would only be able to give direction on the ruling of the Constitutional Court to extend the hearing of the petition by four days from the 14 days constitutional limit.

Mr Chanda said President Lungu has since called on Patriotic Front (PF) members and the general citizenry to remain calm and respect law and order.

On Friday, Constitutional Court president Justice Hilda Chibomba granted UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba an application to find new lawyers to represent them in the petition after they were abandoned by their lawyers.

Ms Justice Chibomba further ordered that each part would have two days to be heard before the petition closes and adjourned the matter to tomorrow.

Mr Chanda said in a statement yesterday that following the decision of the Constitutional Court on Friday September 2, 2016 to adjourn the Presidential election petition, President was consulting his lawyers on the matter.  “The President reiterates his call to Patriotic Front members and all citizens to remain calm and respect law and order,” Mr Chanda said.