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 2009-09-05 05:21 am Back to NEWS
Chief Justice petition ruling date set

THE Lusaka High Court has set September 14 as the date for ruling in the matter where Chief Justice Ernest Sakala and Supreme Court Judge Peter Chitengi are being petitioned to vacate their offices for alleged illegal stay.

High Court Judge Munalula Lisimba set the date yesterday when the matter in which Lusaka lawyer John Sangwa petitioned the High Court for the duo’s alleged illegal stay came up for continued hearing.

Mr Justice Lisimba has also asked the two parties in the matter, Attorney General Mumba Malila and Mr Sangwa, to submit written submissions by Tuesday, September 8, 2009.

Earlier, Lusaka lawyer, Bonaventure Mutale who submitted on behalf of the Attorney General and Mr Sangwa said both parties had consented to submit written submissions for consideration after reflecting on the issues raised.

‘‘We have consented on the premise that we should file written submissions for consideration before or by Wednesday, September 9 and that the matter will be determined by the court,” he said.

In his petition, Mr Sangwa argues that Mr Justice Sakala and Mr Judge Chitengi’s re-appointments had not been ratified by Parliament.

He further contends that the operation of the two without parliamentary ratification contravenes Article 93 of the Constitution.

 
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