Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

11 December 2013

Zambia: Supreme Court Verdicts Shock Hichilema

Opposition United Party for National Development President Hakainde Hichilema says there is a serious disjoint between decisions made by the Supreme Court and High Court threatening the country's judicial integrity.

Hichilema was commenting on the notable pattern where the Supreme Court has been consistently nullifying opposition Members of Parliament's seats after the High Court had upheld them.

He said even the Patriotic Front victory in the 2011 elections would be nullified if the standards applied on the opposition were used.

"There is a serious disjoint between the decisions made by the Supreme Court and the High Court there is a well founded suspicion that the PF through the Supreme Court is manipulating the outcome of the election petitioned against the opposition," he said.

"Why is it that it is mostly seats by the opposition that are being nullified? Is it not fraud when you tell the people of Barotseland that you will restore the 1964 Barotseland and then you start arresting them for reminding you? Is it not electoral fraud when you promise people that you will give them a constitution in 90 days and fail to do so?"

Opposition MMD Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa became the latest opposition member to have his seat nullified by the Supreme Court after the High Court had thrown out the challenge.

Other outspoken lawmakers like Dora Siliya and Maxwell Mwale met similar fates.

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