OPPOSITION United Party for National Development has again for the second day running failed to serve President Edgar Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina court documents over the Constitutional Court petition against his re-election into office.
This has forced Constitutional Court president Justice Hilda Chibomba to adjourn the matter twice now despite the urgency of the case before her, concerning the elections as well as the presidency of Zambia.
Ms Justice Chibomba set today as the date for the hearing of the much anticipated petition which the UPND promised they would serve on President Lungu and Ms Wina, being the first and second respondents respectively.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Likando Kalaluka has been joined to the proceedings of the presidential election petition filed by the UPND last week to challenge the declaration of President Lungu as the winner of the August 11 general elections.
This followed an application by the Attorney General to be joined to the matter in which the opposition UPND called on the Constitutional Court to nullify the elections on grounds of alleged irregularities during the period before, during and after the August 11, 2016, general elections.
According to the application filed by Mr Joe Simachela, Chief State Advocate in the Attorney General’s Chambers, the petitioner has challenged public institutions which made the whole petition a matter of public interest.
“That the petition has made allegations against the public media, the Zambia Air Force (ZAF) and Zambia Police Service which are institutions of the State,” he said.
And in another related development, Constitutional Court president Ms Justice Chibomba has stayed an application for the interpretation of the law over the continued stay of President Lungu in office despite the petition.
Ms Justice Chibomba in her ruling stated that the matter could only be heard after the determination of the main matter, which was the presidential petition.