PeP leader Sean Tembo says he intends to discontinue the matter in which he is challenging the legality of the land President Edgar Lungu received as a gift from King Mswati, this week.
Recently, the Constitutional Court threw out Tembo’s application to subpoena Dora Siliya, Amos Chanda and three journalists to testify in the matter where he’s seeking an interpretation on whether it was legal for President Lungu to have received a gift of land for his private use from King Mswati.
And in a statement, Monday, Tembo stated that he had noted the progress that had so far been made towards the process of national dialogue and reconciliation.
He stated that it was under these premises that he intended to file a Notice to Discontinue the matter.
“We have noted the progress that had so far been made towards the process of national dialogue and reconciliation which has in the recent past, seen different political foes embracing one another and burying their differences. Under the premises and as part of our contribution to the creation of a conducive environment for this national dialogue and reconciliation process to stand a better chance of succeeding, we as PeP intend to file a Notice to Discontinue the matter in which we had taken President Lungu to the Constitutional Court over the legality of the land gift that he received from King Mswati, without declaring such gift, as per law required,” he stated.
Tembo stated that PeP strongly believed that if there was a credible avenue for differences to be resolved at the boardroom table, there was little need to take those differences to the courtroom.
He hoped that the current positive efforts towards the national dialogue and reconciliation by the PF were based on a genuine desire to sanitize politics.
“If however, the ruling party is not sincere towards the ongoing process of national dialogue and reconciliation, and are merely treating it as a political gimmick to serve their narrow agenda, whatever that agenda might be, then we in PeP will stand ready to resume any and all political activities that we undertook prior to the commencement of the national dialogue and reconciliation process,” stated Tembo.
“Specifically, we wish to state that we intend to vigorously pursue the matter in which we have taken the Zambia Police Service to the High Court for preventing us from undertaking our 13th protest against the $42 million fire tender scandal, to its logical conclusion. We intend to file our Notice to Discontinue President Lungu’s eSwatini land matter as soon as we conclude consultations with our members and supporters, but before Friday, December 14, 2018.”