Lusaka High Court sets date for hearing latest on impeachment motion

Edgar Lungu - Chishimba Kambwili
Edgar Lungu - Chishimba Kambwili

The Lusaka High Court has set June 5th as the date for hearing an application by movers of the impeachment motion to halt proceedings in the matter where two Lusaka residents have sued the state over the decision by the speaker of the national assembly to table president Edgar Lungu’s impeachment motion.

The application to the court was made by Mazabuka Mp Garry Nkombo and Roan Mp Chishimba Kambwili.

The duo wants the court to suspend the proceedings pending determination of an appeal against the high court’s decision to throw out their application for joinder to the case.

On May 24th High Court Judge Annessie Bobo refused to join the duo to the matter where the impeachment motion has been challenged in Court on grounds that they do not have sufficient interest to warrant them being joined to the case.

In an affidavit in support of summons to stay proceedings pending appeal the Mr Nkombo and Mr. Kambwili contended that their appeal has high prospects of succeeding.

The lawmakers say the issues raised in the impeachment case are of a national character and need to be dealt with bearing in mind the larger interest of the nation.

They further stated that the applicants will not suffer prejudice if the court stays the proceedings pending determination of the appeal.