Zambian president says Africa needs to learn from the petition decision of Zimbabwe – The Zimbabwe Mail

Zambian President Edgar Lungu

LUSAKA – President Edgar Lungu says that African countries can learn a lot from the fast delivery of the presidential election petition in Zimbabwe.

ZANIS reports that President Lungu praised the justice system in Zimbabwe for quickly handling the presidential petition that had caused fear and political discord between two large political groups in the neighboring country.

When President Lungu addressed journalists at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka shortly before departure, President Lungu said the quick verdict was a demonstration of the effectiveness of the Zimbabwe judicial system in case law.

On Friday, 24 August, the Constitutional Court in Zimbabwe rejected a presidential petition from the Alliance of the Movement for Democratic Congress (MDC) against the election of President Mnangagwa in the polls on 30 July.

The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe ruled that the MDC Alliance could not provide evidence of irregularities in the elections.

In 2016, the opposition party United Party for National Development (UPND) led by its leader Hakainde Hichilema submitted the outcome of August polls won by President Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF).

The UPND presidential petition dragged the course of the fourteen days of the constitution without being heard, because it was interrupted by preliminary issues before it was discarded.

President Lungu said that African countries should not be ashamed to learn from others, especially Zimbabwe, who arranged his electoral petition in record time.

"Let us not be ashamed to learn from others, so it's important to communicate with neighbors, the international community, you can not be the best," President Lungu said.

The Zambian head of state encouraged African politicians to learn to respect and abide by the fair trial of the law.

President Edgar Lungu speaks with Vice President Inonge Wina before leaving for Zimbabwe at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu speaks with Vice President Inonge Wina before leaving for Zimbabwe at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
He urged the Zimbabweans to keep the peace and build on the relative peace in the country.

President Lungu is one of the regional leaders expected to attend the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa following the resignation of the presidential election request of that country's constitutional court.

He was deterred by Acting President Inonge Wina, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila, Cabinet Ministers, Defense Leaders, Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa and senior government and party officials.

President Lungu, accompanied by Foreign Minister Joe Malanji, is expected back in the country after the inauguration ceremony.

Source: Lusaka Times

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