PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is legally and legitimately in office and calls that he should cede power are constitutionally baseless, National Revolution Party (NAREP) president Elias Chipimo has said.
Mr Chipimo said Mr Lungu had won the election on the initial ballot and was therefore entitled to remain in office in spite of the petition against his election.
He said according to Article 101 (4) of the Constitution, there was no procedure that allowed anybody other than the incumbent President to continue in office, adding that the Article did trigger the moving into office in a temporary.
Mr Chipimo said this during a media briefing held at the party‘s secretariat in Lusaka yesterday.
Last week UPND president Hakainde Hichilema accused the Constitutional Court of being biased by failing to deal with the matter of whether or not President Lungu should leave office and hand over to the Speaker.
Mr Chipimo said the only time the Speaker could be called to serve as head of government on interim basis pending the outcome of the petition was in the event that there was a run-off.
He said as long as a petition followed the first round of voting, as the country was currently facing, there was no procedure for a Speaker to step in on a temporary basis.