Hakainde Hichilema’s contempt case against Religious Affairs Minister Godfridah Sumaili has been adjourned to July 26, 2017.

The case could not take off today as lawyers for both accused and the complainants are attending the Constitutional Court session in Kabwe.

One of Hichilema’s lawyers, Zevyanji Sinkala, told magistrate Ireen Wishimanga that State Counsel Erick Silwamba and Jack Mwiimbu had mutually agreed that the matter be adjourned to the most convenient date.

Sinkala said the accused was equally notified not to come to court.

Magistrate Ireen Wishimanga then adjourned the matter to July 26, 2017.

The state was being represented by senior state advocate Chimbeka Sakala.

This is in a matter in which Hichilema wants the court to cite Sumaili for contempt of court over her remarks that “HH pushed Lungu to the wall by not recognising his presidency”.

Hichilema says such remarks are prejudicial to his treason case.