29 June 2012

Zambia: Attorney General to Contest MMD Ruling

ATTORNEY General Mumba Malila has instructed his chambers to appeal against the High Court judgment which quashed the decision by Chief Registrar of Societies Clement Andeleki to de-register the opposition MMD.

Mr Malila said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that it was vital in a case of such nature to seek a final ruling in the Supreme Court.

Lusaka High Court Judge Jane Kabuka on Thursday quashed the decision to de-register the former ruling party, saying the move was excessive and irrational.

But Mr Malila said he would proceed with the appeal today.

"We are definitely proceeding with the appeal and instructions have been issued to challenge the High Court judgment today," Mr Malila said.

Mr Andeleki said in a separate interview that the judgment had the capacity to set a bad precedent which would make it difficult for his office to collect revenue from defaulting political parties.

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