The Lusaka High Court has set September 4, 2013 as the day of Judgement in a case in which three former Members of Parliament have sought judicial review on whether the Electoral Commission of Zambia is in order to ban them from re-contesting their seats.
High Court Judge Mungeni Mulenga has also set August 23, 2013 as the day of ruling on whether Patriotic Front Secretary General Wynter Kabimba can join the proceedings.
Kabimba in his latest overzealous but daft actions has applied to be part of the case because the PF has spent money preparing for the by-elections.
We have never hear of such a weak ground. No wonder people believe Kabimba is a dull lawyer. This case is between the banned MPs and the Electoral Commission of Zambia and not political parties. It is a judicial review which simply means that the court has to review and determine if a government body followed the right procedure in the action it took.
Former Petauke Central Member of Parliament Dora Siliya, Former Malambo MP Maxwel Mwale and former Mulobezi MP Hastings Sililo have challenged the ECZ move to block them from re-contesting their seats on corruption allegations.
September 04, 2013 is just a day before the date ECZ had set for the by-elections. Mkaika by-elections will however go ahead on the set date.
According to Zambian laws, a parliamentary seat declared vacant must be filled within 90 days. This means that elections in the three constituencies must take place before the end of September as the seats were declared vacant in June