MMD loses another seat
The Supreme Court has nullified the Sowezi Central parliamentary seat held by MMD’s Lucky Mulusa.
This follows a petition by losing Patriotic Front candidate Newton Malwa.
Acting Deputy Chief Justice Florence Mumba says Mr Mulusa’s 2011 election victory was marred with corruption.
Justice Mumba in her judgment stated that Mr. Mulusa prior to the elections donated 1-thousand kwacha to Vwanganai Evangelical Church of Zambia and asked the congregants to vote for him.
It was further stated that the former Solwezi law maker also donated 100 Kwacha and promised to buy musical instruments for the church.
The nullification of Solwezi Central parliamentary seat brings the number of seats that have been nullified after the 2011 elections to 7.
Meanwhile, Mr Mulusa has told ZNBC news that he will not re-contest the seat but will go back to the people to seek their guidance.
Mr. Mulusa says there are other positions through which he can serve the people.
And the Supreme Court has declared UPND Kabompo west MP Ambrose Lufuma as the dully elected candidate.
A panel of Supreme Court judges comprising acting chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda, deputy chief justice Florence Mumba, Hildah Chilombo, Munyinda Wanki and Elizabeth Muyovwe said in the judgment that the high court misdirected itself when it held that the
lection of Mr. Mulusa after PF losing candidate Newton Malwa petitioned him on grounds of electoral malpractices to win the election lacked merit.
Meanwhile the Supreme Court has declared Mr Lufuma as the dully elected parliamentarian for Kabompo Westsaying the appeal by PF’s losing candidate Joy Chijilo lacked merit.
Ms Justice Mumba said the Supreme was in support with the high court findings that MR CHIJILO’S witnesses were not credible as they were giving contradicting statement to the Court.