MMD President Nevers Mumba on Wednesday stormed Elections House, the offices for the Electoral Commission of Zambia to request the extension of the filling of nominations for the Solwezi West parliamentary seat following the withdrawal of its candidate Fordson Malishinji.
Mr Malishinji yesterday withdrew from the race at the eleventh hour which infuriated Dr Mumba prompting him to storm ECZ to petition ECZ Chairperson Judge Esau Chulu to extend the nomination.
Dr Mumba in the company of party National Secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima and other party officials forced their way into ECZ Chairman Judge Esau Chulu’s office.
Judge Chulu expressed displeasure with the conduct of Dr. Mumba and his officials.
Dr Mumba revealed that the party will petition the results of the Solwezi West parliamentary election.
He said the conduct by the PF to bribe and abduct Mr Malishinji is immoral and should not be encouraged.
‘We feel that this is a scam of an election and we are going to petition, we feel it is immoral for this election to proceed after using immoral means to disadvantage a political party like ourselves, so we are going to take this fight where it belongs and we hope that the Judiciary is going o help us fight this immorality,” Dr Mumba said.
He added, “We were hoping that the ECZ will be partners in help us fight this immorality which is becoming so rampant in our politics but we feel that we don’t have an ECZ that can make diligent decisions. The current system as it stands is a boil of immorality which applauds those who are immoral, which applauds those who are corrupt.”
This was after ECZ Director Priscilla Isaacs told Journalists soon after she held a meeting with Dr Mumba and some MMD officials that the ECZ was not in a position to extend the nomination period.
Ms. Isaacs disclosed that nominations closed at 15 Hours after the PF, UPND and UNIP candidates successfully filed in their nominations.
But PF Secretary General Davis Chama has rubbished accusations that it bribed Mr Malishinji to withdraw from the Solwezi West parliamentary.