ConCourt throws out LAZ’s application to subpoena Lubinda, Kalaluka

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The Constitutional Court has dismissed an application by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), in which it sought leave of the court to subpoena Justice minister Given Lubinda and Attorney General Likando Kalaluka to testify in a matter where it’s challenging government’s decision to alter the Constitution through Bill 10.

The Constitutional Court threw out LAZ’s application on grounds that it did not comply with the directive of the court to have filed all necessary documents in the matter by November 5, this year as it filed its application on November 7.

The main petition will be heard today.

In this matter, LAZ and Chapter One Foundation Limited are challenging government’s decision to alter the Constitution of Zambia through (Amendment) Bill No.10 of 2019.

They have cited the Attorney General as respondent in the matter.

Last month, the court set aside LAZ’s subpoenas on Kalaluka and Lubinda for being irregular.

Constitutional Court judge Martin Musaluke ruled, on behalf of other judges, that the summons to subpoena Lubinda and Kalaluka were irregular because LAZ did not seek leave of the court before issuing the notice.

LAZ later sought leave of the court to compel Lubinda and Kalaluka to testify at the hearing of its petition, but the same has been dismissed by the court.

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