COURT NULLIFIES KWACHA AND KABUSHI CONSTITUENCIES
Written by newsroom on November 20, 2021
The Ndola High Court yesterday nullified the election of Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo on grounds of electoral malpractices.
In this matter, United Party for National Development (UPND) losing candidate Bernard Kanengo petitioned Mr. Lusambo of the Patriotic Front (PF) citing malpractice before and during the August 12 General elections.
Lusaka High Court Judge Edward Musona sitting in the Ndola High Court nullified the seat stating there was widespread violence noting that Mr. Lusambo did not disassociate himself from his militia group known ‘the Nato Forces’, which was attacking the electorates.
During the hearing of the petition, Mr. Kanengo narrated to the court how he went to hide at a mosque after the respondent’s supporters known as the Nato Forces searched for and chased after him with Mr. Lusambo in hot pursuit.
The Petitioner said he was dissatisfied with the Electoral Commission of Zambia’s declaration of Mr. Lusambo as the winner of the August 12 parliamentary seat for Kabushi Constituency because he breached the Electoral Code of Conduct.
The UPND candidate also told court that the Nato Forces poured hot porridge on his supporters in Masala.
But Mr. Lusambo who is popularly known as the ‘bulldozer’ dismissed all the allegations.
Meanwhile, in the case where Kwacha Constituency Member of Parliament Joseph Malanji’s seat was petitioned, the Judge ruled that Malanji still had issues with the Examinations Council of Zambia as he did not have a Grade 12 Certificate to qualify to be MP.
By Monica Aba Baidoo