THE Lusaka High Court has refused to join Patriotic Front (PF) secretary-general Davis Chama to a case in which Democratic Front (DF) president Miles Sampa has sued the Attorney- General and Speaker of the National Assembly over the declaration of his parliamentary seat as vacant.
Judge Betty Mung’omba has ruled that the PF failed to show sufficient evidence how it would be affected by a decision of the court in the matter.
This is in a case in which Mr Sampa is challenging the decision of Speaker Patrick Matibini to declare his seat vacant after he resigned from the PF.
According to the ruling, the PF had not shown sufficient interest to be joined to the proceedings.
Justice Mung’omba said the PF contended that they sponsored Mr Sampa when he won the seat and that the party would be affected by any decision that the court would make.
“For one to be joined to judicial proceedings, he must satisfy the sufficiency of interest test…Whilst I acknowledge and take cognisance of the fact that the application for judicial review, herein, Mr Sampa won the parliamentary seat on a PF ticket, I have pondered whether that fact alone clothes the interested party with sufficient interest,” she said.