THE Government has applied to the Lusaka High Court to declare Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba as vexatious litigants who should not be allowed to commence legal proceedings without permission of the court or judge.
An application by Attorney-General Likando Kalaluka has also requested Justice Mwila Chitabo that, “Before the making of the order herein legal proceeding shall not be continued by them without such leave and such leave shall not be given unless the court and judge is satisfied that the said proceedings are not an abuse of the process of the court and that there is prima facie grounds for such proceeding.”
The application follows a multiplicity of applications by UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and his vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba seeking to derail the inauguration of Edgar Lungu.
Among the many applications include an application to strike out the 14 day time limit provided for the hearing of a presidential petition in the constitutional court. They have also asked the High Court to stay the ruling of the Concourt which lapsed the petition against the election of President Lungu.
Yesterday they also filed another motion for the determination of whether President Lungu and his vice President Inonge Wina could be sworn in, “in the absence of a declaration by the Constitutional Court pursuant to the provisions of Article 106 or 105(2)(b) of the Constitution of Zambia that the Presidential Election of 11th August 2016 was valid.
The Attorney-General feels that the applications were vexatious and therefore did not merit consideration.