11 July 2014

Zambia: Court Throws Out Sata Health Case

Photo: State House
President Sata at his inauguration (file photo).

THE Lusaka High Court has refused to grant leave for judicial review to Civil Rights activist Brebner Changala in the matter he is asking the court to constitute a medical board to examine the health of President Michael Sata.

High Court Judge-in-charge, Isaac Chali said the application by Mr Changala lacked merit and should be dismissed on grounds that it was frivolous and vexatious.

In dismissing the application yesterday in chambers, Mr Justice Chali said Mr Changala had failed to provide sufficient interest in the matter as a private citizen trying to champion the matter in the courts of law.

Mr Justice Chali, in his ruling, further discredited the evidence provided by Mr Changala, saying he was also not sure as to whether or not Cabinet did table the motion on the health of the President.

"I have studied the evidence on record and I must say that this application is accordingly dismissed as it is frivolous, vexatious and hopeless, it does not require further inquiry at the substantive inquiry," Mr Justice Chali said.

This was in a matter in which Mr Changala had asked the high court to commence judicial review in the High Court to compel Government to constitute a medical board to examine the physical and mental status of President Michael Sata early this week.

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