Masumba goes to court over loss of seat


This is in a matter in which Mr Masumba has dragged the newly elected parliamentarian who polled 8, 012 beating his nearest rival Davis Mbalau, an Independent candidate who polled 5, 432 votes, to the Lusaka High Court over his election.

Mr Masumba, who came fourth in election, wants the court to declare that the election result was null and void and that Mr Kamondo was not dully elected Member of Parliament.

He also wants costs of and incidentals to his petition and any declarations and orders which the court may deem fit.

In his petition, Mr Masumba has submitted that the campaigns in the said elections were allegedly characterized by defamation or inflammatory allegations, intimidation and violence which were contrary to the code of conduct which resulted in people voting for the UPND.

He submitted that during the campaign period the UPND candidate and the other two independent candidates campaigned against the referendum in Chezela , Kashima East and Kamabuta wards.

Mr Masumba further submitted that in reference to the referendum, the candidates told the electorate that the rights which were to be included in the Bill of Rights contained gay rights.

He said his witnesses would testify that they heard Mr Kamondo speak on gay rights and the two were influenced to say the same against the petitioner.

He added that during the campaign, Mr Kamondo’s campaign messages were allegedly to the effect that the petitioner was a thief despite the presidential pardon against his conviction in which he allegedly stole  K132,000 cash meant for the purchase of iron sheets for the roofing of Munyabala and Bulobe primary schools.

Mr Masumba claims that UPND members threatened violence against PF members every time and place they found them.

He said his rallies were disrupted by people throwing stones at his supporters and that the matter was reported to the police and a docket was opened for investigations.

The Mufumbwe seat was contested by five candidates in which Mr Masumba came fourth, polling 2,687 beating FDD candidate Samora Kayombo who polled 302 votes.

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