UPND to subpoena IG in Mufumbwe petition

The United Party fo National Development (UPND) intends to ask the court to summon Inspector General of Police Francis Kabonde when the Mufumbwe petition takes off, the Watchdog has learnt.

According to highly placed sources in UPND, the party has videos of the malpractices committed by the MMD during the bye-election which saw the UPND defeat Zambia’s ambassador to Libya Mulondwe Muzungu.

The sources explained that when MMD National secretary Katele Kalumba was dressing MMD cadres in police uiniform, IG Kabonde was present.

Sources also explained that the MMD was giving village headmen suits and that all this has been captured on video. Sources said that the headmen will be lined up in court.

And the Times of Zambia reports that on Monday, losing  MMD candidate in the Mufumbwe Constituency by-election Mulondwe Muzungu petitioned the election result of UPND)’s Eliot Kamondo, arguing that the polls were marred by violence.

According to the petition lodged in the Lusaka High Court on Monday, Mr Muzungu stated that it was his prayer that it should be determined that Mr Kamondo was not duly elected and that the election was null and void.

In the affidavit verifying the election petition obtained by the Times of Zambia, Mr Muzungu said the elections were characterised by undue influence that resulted from violence and threats to life and property.

He further stated that there were rampant physical attacks on the members of the MMD and members of the general public, resulting in severe injuries to people and damage to property.

“I verily believe that as a result of the acts of violence that characterised the parliamentary by-election, members of the MMD and the general public feared for their safety while others chose to leave their residences and fled the area without participating in the said elections,” he said.

He said at a rally held on April 30, 2010, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema offered and promised to deliver 20 head of cattle to the voters in Mufumbwe as an earlier promise made to them that he would deliver the said animals if they voted for Mr Kamondo.

He said the said promise was designed to unlawfully induce the members of the public to vote for Mr Kamondo and alter their independent and voluntary decision at the polls.

Mr Muzungu in his petition also stated that on April 14, this year, Vice-President George Kunda was addressing a rally at Matushi area when a riot broke out in the area and that a 10km stretch of the Mutanda-Chavuma Road was blocked with stones and logs by UPND cadres.

Mr Muzungu said UPND cadres who were throwing stones at motor vehicles surrounded several MMD members and threatened people who were to attend the vice-president’s rally.

During the polls, Mr Kamondo polled 5,313 votes; Mr Muzungu got 5,009 votes while Steven Kamwendo of UNIP got 180 votes.

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