THE Ndola High Court has nullified the election of Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo.
In this matter, United Party for National Development (UPND) losing candidate Bernard Kanengo petitioned Mr Lusambo of Patriotic Front (PF) citing malpractice before and during the August 12 General elections.
Lusaka Judge Edward Musona sitting in Ndola nullified the seat stating that there was widespread violence.
He also noted that Mr Lusambo did not disassociate himself from his militia group known ‘the Nato Forces’, which was attacking the electorates.
“I am satisfied that the respondent had knowledge of violence and his alibi regarding the violence episodes which were challenged by the petitioner,” judge Musona said.
Judge Musona further dismissed Mr Lusambo’s alibi that he was not around Ndola when allegations that he was bribing choir members.
“I have no doubt that the witnesses saw the respondent. The alibi raised is destitute of merit. I have upheld all allegations except for false publication, that he stormed a radio station while Mr Kanengo was appearing and the allegations that he caused violence in Toka ward,”he said.
Judge Musona said Mr Kanengo’s democratic right was swathed by corruption, violence committed by the bill dozer and his Nato Forces.
“I declare the election of Lusambo null and void”” he said.
And speaking to journalists after seat was nullified, Lusambo said he will remain strong and determined.
He also said he will file an appeal of notice after he studies the judgment.
“There were a lot of grey areas in the judgment and almost immediately we are pushing for a notice of appeal. I have been a politician for quite some time so I am not moved or shaken, I will remain a politician and continue facing each,” he said.