Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

2 July 2014

Zambia: Supreme Court to Issue Crucial Ruling On MPs

The Supreme Court will tomorrow Thursday July 3, 2014 deliver its ruling on whether former Members of Parliament who had their parliamentary seats nullified are eligible to re-contest their seats.

According to notices of ruling issued by Master of the Supreme Court seen by the Zambia Reports, the country's highest court will deliver ruling after a long protracted legal battle between the Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) on one hand and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) on the other.

After winning the presidential election in 2011, the PF set about overtaking the legislature by contesting nearly every seat they had lost to the opposition, prompting more by-elections in the past two years than Zambia had experienced in a decade.

Among the people who will tomorrow know whether they can re-contest their previous seats are Dr. Eustacio Kazonga for Vubwi constituency under the MMD, Lucky Mulusa for Solwezi Central (MMD), Victoria Kalima Kasenengwa (MMD) and Sydney Chisanga (MMD) for Mkushi South.

Others who have their cases pending in the Supreme Court are Dora Siliya (MMD) Petauke Central, Maxwell Mwale who has since joined UPND from MMD for Malambo , Charles Kakoma (UPND) Zambezi East and Hastings Sililo (UPND) for Mulobezi constituency.

It is however not known whether the ruling for the Siliya group will also be delivered tomorrow.

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