Bye-election in Livingstone as Katombora’s election is nullified

The Livingstone High Court has nullified the election of MMD’s Lukulo Katombora as Member of Parliament for Livingstone constituency.

This follows a successful electoral petition in which losing UPND candidate Fredrick Chuunga and Patriotic Front candidate Joseph Akafumba, jointly petitioned Mr Katombora’s election in the September 20 tripartite elections last year.

In passing judgment on Tuesday morning, Livingstone High Court Judge Ernest Mukulwamutiyo, declared the election of Mr. Katombora null and void.

Judge Mukulwamutiyo says although numerical variations could not be used as a basis of nullifying Mr. Katombora’s election, the petitioners had satisfied the court with enough evidence.

Efforts to get a comment from Mr. Katombora, who was absent, during the delivery of judgment failed as his phone went unanswered.

Meanwhile, Mr. Katombora’s Lawyer, Adrian Nkausu, says the judgment was fine but was waiting for instructions from his client on whether to appeal against the judgment to the Supreme Court.

 

Mr Chuunga and Mr Akafumba had petitioned the election results citing corrupt and or illegal practices committed Mr Katombora and his agents.

 

The petitioners had also stated that there were widespread irregularities in 16 of the 17 wards in the Livingstone constituency.


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