Just like we reported early this month that President Michael Sata had personally phoned acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda to nullify the Kasenengwa parliamentary elections; it has happened.
The Supreme Court has this Monday morning nullified the election of Victoria Kalima as Kasenengwa Member of Parliament on grounds that she distributed Chitenge materials and bicycles during campaigns.
Kasenengwa is in Eastern province in the rural area between Katete and Chipata under chief Madzimawe. Eastern province has had the biggest number of by-elections so far followed by Northwestern.
The appeal by Saul Zulu of Patriotic Front was presided over by Lombe Chibesakunda, Acting Deputy Chief Justice Florence Mumba, Muyunda Wanki, Ireen Muyovwe and Hildah Chibomba who was given the task to read the judgement.
And speaking after the nullification of her seat, Victoria Kalima said President Sata, Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba and acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda should never think that they have successfully shut her up by nullifying her seat because parliament was not the only forum she can use to air her views including the dubious procurement of fertiliser.
“I know even the issue of dubious procurement of fertiliser which I raised in parliamentary has cost me my parliamentary seat but I will not stop talking. Parliament is not the only platform I can use actually I will re-contest my seat” she said.
She further complained that Eastern province now had no women parliamentarian as both her and Dora Siliya’s seats have been nullified.
Early this month we reported that our intelligence source intercepted a telephone conversation in which Sata was instructing Lombe Chibesakunda to nullify Victoria Kalima’s seat. Victoria Kalima is one of the vocal Members of Parliament. She is the MP who took up the fertiliser procurement scandal to parliament after the Zambian Watchdog had exposed it. Eleven more petitions are pending in the Supreme court.