Judge Bobo-Banda grants last adjournment in impeachment judicial review

By Staff Reporter

LUSAKA High Court judge Anessie Bobo-Banda has adjourned for the last time the case in which two PF sympathisers Robert Chabinga and Henry Mulenga have challenged through a judicial review the decision of the Speaker of the National Assembly of Zambia to table in Parliament the motion to impeach President Edgar Lungu.

Chabinga and Mulenga, who cited the Attorney General, contend that Dr Patrick Matibini’s decision to accept the motion of impeachment of President Lungu moved by Chishimba Kambwili and Garry Nkombo was unreasonable, procedurally improper and illegal.

The applicants have also argued that the motion was unreasonable because all the signatories of the motion were members of the UPND, hence the Speaker should have exercised reasonable observation of partisanry.

Judge Bobo-Banda informed the parties that she was granting the last adjournment in the matter after she was told that the case could not be heard because the lawyers were attending the National Dialogue Forum.

The judge deferred hearing to June 24.

And judge Bobo-Banda ordered parties to file their submissions before the date of hearing or she would proceed to hear the matter based on the evidence on record so far.

She asked the applicants to file by May 23 and the respondent by June 7.

Last April, judge Bobo-Banda stayed the tabling of the motion until she determines the case.