PF petitions Kapiri UPND poll victory


LOSING PF Kapiri Mposhi parliamentary candidate Chrispin Mbita Siingwa has petitioned the election results of the Kapiri Mposhi seat which was won by UPND’s Stanley Kakubo.

This is in a matter in which Mr Siingwa has dragged the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the newly elected Kapiri Mposhi parliamentarian who polled 22, 388 to the Lusaka High Court over his election loss.

Mr Siingwa wants the court to declare that the election was null and void and that the respondent was not dully elected Member of Parliament for Kapiri Mposhi.

He also wants a declaration that the electoral malpractices committed by Mr Kakubo and ECZ materially affected the election and that the same should be nullified.

Mr Siingwa further wants an order that the costs occasioned by that petition be borne by the respondents and any other reliefs which the court might deem fit.

In his petition, Mr Siingwa has submitted that throughout the campaign period, Mr Kakubo allegedly involved himself in systematic bribery and corruption in Kashitu ward where he was dishing out cash to the electorate right up to the polling day and was seen giving out K100 to  K500 notes to voters at Mobe polling station to entice them to vote for the UPND.

He has also accused UPND’s ward candidate Bernadette Chabakale of being seen giving out money to voters and requesting them to vote for all the UPND candidates including Mr Kakubo.

Mr Siingwa accused a non-governmental organisation called National Empowerment Fund of giving out money to voters in the sum of K200 and promising them K10, 000 in the event that Mr Kakubo won the election.

He stated that at Mpunde polling station, the UPND’s local government candidate Bernadette Chayi was seen distributing money to voters, urging them to vote for the UPND’s candidates.

He also alleges that on the polling day, UPND supporters attacked PF supporters at Likumbi polling station in Mubofwe ward where the UPND held a meeting within 50 metres radius of the polling station.