UPND withdraws suit against ZAF over flight permits

UPND National Secretary Stephen Katuka has applied for the discontinuation of the case in which he sued the Attorney General following the decision by the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) to cancel a permit for UPND flights to North-Western and Luapula Provinces for campaign purposes.

Mr Katuka’s application to withdraw the matter was based on grounds that the action had been overtaken by events.

This is in a matter in which Mr Mwamba was challenging the decision by the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) to cancel a permit for UPND Flights to North-Western and Luapula Provinces for campaign purposes.

In his application for an ex-parte for leave to apply for judicial review, Mr Katuka sought an order to quash the decision of ZAF Colonel C. Jere PSC DFS to cancel the permit for UPND Flights to North-Western and Luapula Provinces for campaign purposes.

An order compelling ZAF from cancelling any other approved flight applications for Western and North-Western Provinces.

A declaration that the decision by ZAF to cancel the party’s flight application was illegal and an order to stay the decision of Col. Jere to cancel the approved flights for the party’s campaigns.

Mr Katuka stated that the decision by ZAF to cancel the permit for the approval flight was unreasonable such that no officer properly directing his mind to the facts could have arrived at the decision to cancel the approved flights.

He further stated that there was a procedural impropriety in the manner the withdraw was effected without affording the applicant an opportunity to be heard to propose alternative dates.

Mr Katuka added that the decision to cancel the approved flights was illegal and lacked pedigree.

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