The Ndola High Court has upheld the election of PF’s Bowman Lusambo as duly elected Kabushi Member of Parliament in Ndola.
This is in a matter in which UPND Kabushi constituency losing candidate Ernest Lufunda had petitioned the election of Mr Lusambo and the Electoral Commission of Zambia.
Mr Lufunda had asked the Ndola High Court to nullify the election of Lusambo alleging malpractices and widespread violence.
But when the matter came up for Judgment today, Ndola High Court Yvonne Chembe said the petitioner failed to prove the allegations to warrant the nullification of the seat.
“The petitioner did not prove that the mounting of a mock grave could warrant that the election of the first respondent can be nullified. Secondly, the alleged violence is not supported by medical reports. If there was violence, a lot of witnesses could have been called to testify,” Judge Cheembe said.
” I find that the petitioner has failed to prove the allegations of malpractices and violence. The court finds that there is no basis on the outcome of the elections that violence was used. I am therefore not satisfied that the violence affected the outcome of the elections.”
Judge Chembe said owing to the above reasons, the election of Mr Lusambo is upheld as the dully elected Member of Parliament for Kabushi Constituency and therefore dismiss this petition.