YES HE CAN

...Pe­ti­tion­ers vin­di­cated as Con­court rules Pres­i­dent Lungu can con­test 2021 polls

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By CHINTU MALAMBO and AN­NIE ZULU

PE­TI­TION­ERS in Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu’s el­i­gi­bil­ity case have been vin­di­cated while vet­eran politi­cian Sikota Wina has hailed the Con­sti­tu­tional Court for clear­ing the air on the mat­ter

Let us get on the job now and for­get about our small dif­fer­ences be­cause the Courts of law them­selves have said that the Pres­i­dent is el­i­gi­ble to con­test in the com­ing elec­tions — Mr Wina.

PE­TI­TION­ERS in Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu’s el­i­gi­bil­ity case have been vin­di­cated while vet­eran politi­cian Sikota Wina has hailed the Con­sti­tu­tional Court for clear­ing the air on the mat­ter

Mr Wina said the court had de­cided and it was now time for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing the op­po­si­tion to sup­port the gov­ern­ment in de­liv­er­ing devel­op­ment to the peo­ple of Zam­bia.

He said the Court’s rul­ing was an in­di­ca­tor of the con­ti­nu­ity of democ­racy that Zam­bia had en­joyed over the years.

“This is very good news, I hope that from now on we will not be hear­ing any other opin­ions about elec­tions. Let us con­cen­trate on the devel­op­ment pro­gramme which the Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) un­der Pres­i­dent Lungu has put in place.

“Let us get on the job now and for­get about our small dif­fer­ences be­cause the Courts of law them­selves have said that the Pres­i­dent is el­i­gi­ble to con­test in the com­ing elec­tions,” Mr Wina said.

The free­dom fighter also re­it­er­ated the Zam­bian peo­ple’s con­fi­dence in the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Lungu.

“The na­tion feel safe in the hands of Pres­i­dent Lungu, from the record he has es­tab­lished, the de­gree of in­fra­struc­ture devel­op­ment which has taken place through­out the whole coun­try, I think ev­ery prov­ince has been touched by his poli­cies,” he said.

And Evan­gel­i­cal Fel­low­ship of Zam­bia (EFZ) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Pukuta Mwanza said he was happy that the mat­ter had fi­nally been re­solved, as it had caused a lot of anx­i­ety among Zam­bians.

Rev­erend Mwanza also urged Zam­bians to de­velop the cul­ture of re­spect­ing the court’s judge­ments.

He ob­served that some peo­ple had a ten­dency of dis­cred­it­ing the court when it rules against their per­sonal ex­pec­ta­tions.

He said the Con­sti­tu­tional Court was a spe­cial court with the man­date deal with the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of cer­tain is­sues in the coun­try and there­fore its out­come must be re­spected.

“I think that the Zam­bian peo­ple must look to the fu­ture.

This mat­ter caused anx­i­ety among many peo­ple, now that the rul­ing has been made, Zam­bians must put ev­ery­thing aside and fo­cus on the fu­ture.

“There is no need for some­one to dis­credit the court be­cause they feel the judge­ment has gone against per­sonal ex­pec­ta­tions, once we de­velop the cul­ture of re­spect­ing the court, then it will be bet­ter for us than to be dis­cred­it­ing the court out­come ev­ery time it goes against our ex­pec­ta­tions,” Rev Mwanza said.

Mr Wina

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