A tribunal sitting at Ndola Magistrates court has thrown out the petition filed in by losing UPND candidate Daphne Soko Chabu who was challenging the election of PF’s candidate Among Chisenga in mayoral race.
Tribunal chairperson Mr.John Mbuzi sitting with members Ms.Pricilla Bwembya and Mr.John Kayuni declared Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Amon Chisenga dully elected as mayor for Ndola District.
In its ruling on Monday afternoon the tribunal said that the petitioners evidence lacked merit while allegations also lacked credibility to meet consensus.
The tribunal dismissed the case with each party bearing their costs as PF cadres sprung to their feet in joy and started singing party songs and shouting party slogans.
Not to be out done UPND sympathizers called the ruling party cadres names and accused them of being thieves.
But UPND provocation did not precipitate any reaction from the PF camp which peacefully walked away.
UPND had petitioned the election of Mr Chisenga on grounds of illegality and corruption alleging that the process was not free and fair.
The opposition party was demanding that Mr Chisenga be ordered to vacate the seat which should be declared null and void
They also wanted the tribunal to order a recount and reconciliation of votes cast.Mr Chisenga was sued as first respondent and Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) as second respondent in the matter.However following the delivery of the ruling, the Patriotic front team quickly moved to Ndola City Council chambers for mayoral installation ceremony of Chisenga and his Deputy Mr Kennedy Kasabo.
Gracing the event,Defence Minister Davis Chama said the Patriotic Front government considered local government as the engine for development.
He said the council had a huge responsibility and implored the local authority to urgently embark on creation of ward development committees.He also urged the councillors to familiarize themselves with the PF manifesto which was a general direction on government’s take on local government in the country.“You are called upon to restore public confidence in the council so that stakeholders who have employed you through elections can trust your leadership.“The government is ready to support your efforts and help provide better and efficient services to the residents of Ndola,” he said.And speaking earlier immediate past mayor Mr. Samuel Munthali implored the new mayor to find best solutions to the overwhelming demand for plots the council was facing.