Concourt grants Tembo application to discontinue eSwatini land gift to Lungu
CONSTITUTIONAL Court judge Professor Margaret Munalula has granted Patriots for Economic Progress president Sean Tembo an application to discontinue the petition in which he wanted the court to interpret the legality of the land gift President Edgar Lungu received from his eSwatini.
The State had objected to Tembo’s application to discontinue the matter, saying he wanted to do so because his petition has collapsed after President Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda, information minister Dora Siliya and some journalists refused to testify in his case.
But Tembo said he wanted to discontinue the case because there was a clear correlation between the matter and the on-going national dialogue and reconciliation process.
He had submitted that the national dialogue and reconciliation would crumble if he was not allowed to discontinue the case.
Delivering a ruling, judge Munalula said an application to discontinue a case could be made at any stage of the court process, adding that it was therefore the discretion of the court.
“We find no compelling reasons to decline the petitioners application. We find no merit in the respondents arguments that this may lead to further (court) action in future. Each party to bear their own costs,” she ruled.
Meanwhile, Tembo welcomed the ruling.
He said he should not to be used as a scapegoat if the dialogue failed.
Tembo said the dialogue would address a wider range of issues compared to what the case could have addressed which was only the issue of the land gift which the President received from his eSwatini counterpart.