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Just In: Constitutional Court says ex-President Lungu’s eligibility for election should proceed to trial (video)


The Constitutional Court has rejected a motion filed by former President Edgar Lungu seeking to dismiss a petition challenging his eligibility to contest future elections.

Lungu argued that this petition, the fifth of its kind, was an abuse of the court process, claiming his eligibility had already been adjudicated and was now barred by statute.

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However, Lusaka businessman, Michelo Chizombe, the petitioner, maintained that the issue of Lungu’s eligibility had not been conclusively resolved.

In a ruling delivered Tuesday by Justice Mudford Mwandenga, the 11-member bench of the Constitutional Court declined to dismiss the case at the preliminary stage.

Read more: Legal battle over ex-President Lungu’s eligibility for 2026 elections rages. Here’s what we know so far

The court stated that the matter would proceed to trial and be heard on its merits.

The case has been referred back to a single judge for rescheduling.

Lungu attended the court session, accompanied by his wife, Esther and members of the Patriotic Front.

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