CONSTITUTIONAL Court judges were paid huge amounts of money to deliberately lapse the UPND petition to nullify the re-election of President Edgar Lungu in the 11th August general elections, Hakainde Hichilema has claimed.
Addressing a press conference at Chainama Hotel yesterday, Mr Hichilema has described the Constitutional Court judges as thugs and criminals who, according to him, had raped the Constitution and were therefore not worth the gowns they wore as they lacked integrity and impartiality.
He singled out Judge Anne Sitali, Pallan Mulonda and Mungeni Mulenga for a scathing attack on their conduct which he likened to Judas Iscariot who betrayed a cause for pieces of silver.
Judge Mulonda, he said, had been flown all the way from the United States to sit on the Constitutional Court to frustrate the cases.
He also charged that President Edgar Lungu was consulting sangomas and witchdoctors, claiming: “He was not in Mfue for a holiday but he had gone to Malawi to consult witchdoctors,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema claimed the judiciary had been compromised hence the fear to rule in favour of the UPND which he claimed had won the August general elections.
“We thought wearing those gowns was a shell of ability, credibility and fairness in the delivery of justice. But little did we know that it was beginning of drama and mockery of institutions that we thought would defend the rights of citizens and restore some sanity in the country,” Mr Hichilema said.
He singled out Judge Annie Sitali of having been at the centre stage of manipulating the justice system and raping the Constitution in her rulings when she presided over the preliminaries of the presidential election petition.
Mr Hichilema explained that in the petition he was also seeking the courts to ask President Lungu to hand over power to the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini but that it did not happen.
“We put up a motion to obligate Lungu to hand over the presidency to the Speaker of the National assembly but the Constitutional Court deliberately ignored making a ruling on this matter. Up to now, they have not made a ruling because they were afraid of making a ruling against President Lungu to hand over power to the Speaker of the National Assembly,” Mr Hichilema said.
And Mr Hichilema claimed five Constitutional Court Judges unanimously ruled that the hearing of his petition should have been extended by four days so that he (Hichilema) could be heard but was surprised that Justice Sitali dismissed his petition on account that it had time lapsed.
“We have received no justice. Our election was stolen. We do not recognise Edgar Lungu as the winner of the 11 August 2016 election. We will never surrender to thugs and dictators. This is not an ethnic fight. This is a fight to restore our democracy, our Constitution and our human rights,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema claimed that President Lungu was promised by Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson Justice Esau Chulu, executive director Priscilla Isaacs and one of the former presidents that they would deliver victory for him.