HH’s appeal rejected



THE Lusaka High Court has rejected an application by United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema to raise Constitutional issues on the protection of freedom of expression and discrimination.
Hichilema had appealed against Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda’s decision not to refer his application to the High Court to challenge the Constitutionality of Sections 67 of the Penal Code and Articles 18, 20 and 23 of the Constitution of Zambia.
 High Court Judge Christine Phiri in her ruling said the magistrate was on firm grounds to decline the application as there were no constitutional issues to refer this matter for determination.
“The foregoing this application lacks merit as it is frivolous and accordingly I dismiss it with costs and I order that the criminal matter proceeds in the lower court,” Ms Justice Phiri said.