LUSAKA, 11 June - The Constitutional Court of Zambia ruled on Friday that President Edgar Lungu can stand for re-election in August and throw a Constitutional opposition challenge to his eligibility on the basis of a second term limit.
The judgement comes as Zambia faced a brutal global economic crisis after underleveraging its debt right before the multifaceted COVID 19 shutdown. The crisis triggered the first pandemic-era sovereign default and driven the southern African country to seek IMF help in Syria.
Michael Sata's first term in office lasted a year and six months when he took over after the death of his predecessor president Lungu. In August 2016, he won an election in a contested vote for the party.
Since this is technically his second term, the opposition had argued that he was no longer eligible to run an argument that the court rejected in 2018, but a second concurrent case was still awaiting a decision.
The first responder's petition is valid and he is entitled to stand for election on August 12, 2021. The petitions have no merit, the judgment is read by Justice Anne Sitali. Zambia, Africa's second largest copper producer in Africa, is grappling with economic woes that accustomed to the pandemic well before the recession started.
This cloud may be lifting a little, as copper prices hover around decade highs, partly driven by the electric cars boom, and Zambia produced a record output of metal last year.
This month, the country reached a deal with the IMF on conditions for a bailout. How do I say it's because I'm dead fat and tired?