15 November 2012

Zambia: MMD to Petition Mufumbwe Results

THE MMD has resolved to petition the recently held Mufumbwe parliamentary by-election in which Steven Masumba emerged winner under the Patriotic Front (PF).

MMD leader Nevers Mumba accused the PF of having engaged in electoral malpractices during the campaign.

But Mr Masumba said he was ready to meet the MMD in court and dispelled accusation that the PF had engaged in malpractices.

Mr Masumba said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that he was not "scared" of the MMD's intention to petition the results as campaigns were clearly free and fair.

Dr Mumba who last week congratulated the PF over the Mufumbwe victory, said at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the MMD being the "mother" of multiparty democracy, congratulated the PF for scooping the Mufumbwe seat, but that it had reserved the right to question the elections legitimacy.

He said he had been in politics for 15 years and never in his political career had he experienced such a "corrupt and immoral" election as the Mufumbwe one.

Dr Mumba said it was "shocking" that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) went ahead to announce that Mr Masumba had won the election "knowing very well that the PF did not win that election."

He accused President Michael Sata of having intimidated people in Mufumbwe by threatening that Government would not take development in the area if people did not vote for Mr Masumba.

Dr Mumba said MMD had footage proving that two days before the by-election, the PF had allegedly distributed money at all polling stations, streets and markets.

On the Rufunsa incident in which a PF member, Menyani Zulu was killed, Dr Mumba said the MMD regretted the loss of life, but that his party had nothing to do with the killing.

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