Lungu was elected in the January presidential election necessitated by the death of former president Michael Sata last year. He is serving out his predecessor’s term which expires next year.
In the petition, the president’s supporters require the court to
postpone next year’s elections, arguing that Lungu deserves a full
five-year term of office as “he was elected in a free and fair
However, many Zambians have taken to social media to express their
anger over the petition, saying that a precedent was already set in 2008
when former president Rupiah Banda served a period of three years
following the death of ex-president Levy Mwanawasa.
“He (Banda) did not call for a full five-year term and nothing has
changed since then,” netizen Maybin Mwape, said on Facebook, adding that
the bid “will not go anywhere.”