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Ex-President Lungu moves to petition court, accuses government of infringing his rights


Former President, Edgar Lungu, intends to petition the High Court, accusing the State of infringing on his human rights for merely giving his political opinion.

According to an affidavit in support of ex parte summons for leave to file petition during Christmas vacation lodged in court, Lungu citing the Attorney-General as the respondent alleged that the State had continued to trample on his rights .

“I am a Zambian and do hereby state that in November, 2023 my rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, and not to be discriminated upon on the basis of among others political opinion, as protected and guaranteed in the constitution, were contravened whereby I was subjected to unconstitutional measures (disadvantaged) on account of information I shared and my decision or intention to hold office in a political party,” he stated.

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He caused to write a demand to the Attorney-General, Mulilo Kabesha, seeking to have the said unconstitutional measures reversed.

He stated that the response from the Attorney-General was unsatisfactory, which had prompted him to seek legal redress.

Lungu contended that Articles 20, 21 and 23 of the Constitution have been and continue to be contravened.

He has, therefore, sought leave of the Court to file the petition during the Christmas vacation.

The Christmas vacation of the High Court commenced on December 11, 2023 and ends on January 9, 2024.

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