Zambia’s highest court has given the country’s president, Edgar Lungu, the go-ahead to serve a third term in office if he wishes. This judicial permission for the president to take a step regarded as contentious by many in Zambia, came by of a judgment that had at its core the definition of a presidential “term”. The court found that a president may serve only two terms. However, the constitution provided that a third term of less than three years, served as a stand-in president when the previous president could no longer function, did not count in computing two terms. According to the court, a president would thus normally serve a maximum of 10 years but a full term of office could vary between eight and 13 years, depending on the circumstances. Though this was the main work of the court in this matter, the judges also issued a stiff warning to people not to “attack” members of the court “related to matters before the court”, adding that if they did so, they could face serious consequences.