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The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has challenged the High Court’s order for the party to hold a convention in 90 days.

A press statement released on Sunday, October 1, 2023, signed by DPP Spokesperson Shadric Namalomba says the party has applied for a stay of the ruling pending appeal at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

“While the DPP respects orders of the courts, it is also within its rights to appeal to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal,” says Namalomba.

The DPP publicist has since appealed to DPP members to remain calm until the outcome from the Supreme Court is known.

In July this year, the DPP National Governing Council (NGC) made a resolution that the elective conference will happen in 2024.

Last week, High Court Judge Simeon Mdeza, nullified the NGC decision saying the DPP failed to comply with a court order made on May 5, 2022.

In the 2022 order, the court ordered the DPP to hold duly constituted NGC and Central committee meetings within a reasonable time in accordance with the DPP constitution.

Mdeza in his ruling described the failure to hold a convention as a threat to democracy.

The opposition DPP has been leadership crisis after losing the June 2020 Presidential elections.

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