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
In his petition, Mr Sangwa argues that Mr Justice Sakala and Mr
Judge Chitengi’s re-appointments had not been ratified by Parliament.
further contends that the operation of the two without parliamentary
ratification contravenes Article 93 of the Constitution.