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Zambian President Lungu Fires Warnings At Court Judges Not To Stop Him From Running Again

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has cautioned sacred court judges not to stop him running for another term in office, state media announced.

Partners of Lungu’s Patriotic Front gathering have requested that the Supreme Court affirm that he will be qualified to stand again in presidential races booked for 2021.

Adversaries say that would break the constitution which bars pioneers from remaining for three terms. He contends his first period in office doesn’t consider he assumed control after the demise of the last pioneer without a decision.

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Lungu told a political meeting in the northwestern town of Solwezi that he had data that the judges were considering banning him from standing once more, the daily papers said.

”To my colleagues in the Judiciary, I am just warning you because I have information that some of you want to be adventurous, your adventure should not plunge us into chaos please,” Lungu was quoted as saying.

He said they should not follow the example of Kenya’s Supreme Court, which annulled the result of a presidential vote in August.

There was no immediate comment from Zambia’s Supreme Court, which is due to meet to consider the election case on Nov. 16.

The Law Association of Zambia asked Lungu on Friday to withdraw his warning saying it served “to undermine the authority of the judiciary and erode public confidence in the institution”.

There was no immediate response from the presidency.

 

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