PF losing candidate in the Zambezi West Parliamentary election Christabel Ngimbu has asked the Lusaka High Court to stop UPND’s Charles Kakoma from filing nominations scheduled for August 12 due to alleged electoral malpractices that characterised his election in 2011.
High Court Judge Judy Mulongoti has since set August 11 as the date to rule on whether Mr Kakoma can file nominations.
In her application, Ms Ngimbu is requesting the High Court to reinforce the Supreme Court judgment which advised petitioners to ask the High Court to write a report outlining the malpractices to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to bar Mr Kakoma from contesting elections for five years and eventual prosecution by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Despite being party to the proceedings, the ECZ has refused to argue the matter because it is an impartial body.
In 2011, Ms Ngimbu lost the election to Mr Kakoma and petitioned the outcome but the High Court upheld the election of Mr Kakoma, prompting Ms Ngimbu to appeal to the Supreme Court, which nullified the election on grounds that Mr Kakoma donated a pay phone to a school, an act that amounted to corruption.
According to information on the ground, whether Kakoma stands or not, the PF will lose to UPND.