Lungu should be cited for contempt over his 2021 remarks, lawyer

By Staff Reporter

 

HUMAN Rights Lawyer Moono Mapani has described as contemptuous President Edgar Chagwa Lungu’s statement that he will contest the 2021 general elections when the question of his eligibility is active in the courts of law.

Mapani said it was contemptuous for President Lungu to affirm his resolve to contest the 2021 presidential election as it undefined the outcome of the court process.

However, Mapani is prayerful that the court will come out in the open and tell the nation whether President Lungu was eligible to contest or not. Mapani said President Lungu’s statement last week that he would contest the 2021 elections could be an indication that he was privy to the outcome of the court process.

He advised President Lungu to respect the constitution as he swore to protect and defend it.

And Opposition Movement for National Transformation President Daniel Shimunza has advised President Lungu not to interfere in the judicial process meant to determine his eligibility for the 2021 elections.

Shimunza said that President Lungu’s action shows that the head of state did  not respect the separation of powers.

Last week in Kitwe President Lungu asked his team to step up their game and ensure the fulfillment of their campaign promises in order for him to successfully finish his tenure from 2021-2026.

Addressing a rally in Kitwe, President Lungu who was in the city to check on developmental projects urged Patriotic Front members of Parliament, mayor and the councillors to help him ensure that they deliver campaign promises they made in 2016.

“I want to finish 2021 and 2026 with delivery, and we can only finish the 2021-2026 term if we deliver,” President Lungu said.

“We can develop Zambia, from 2011 Zambians can see what we have done. This was the vision of our President Michael Chilufya Sata, he had a vision for development and that of a bigger all-inclusive party”.