Nullification of Itehzi-Tezhi seat cheers Monde

WINNING candidates should be fairly elected and desist from propagating violence or spreading falsehoods about their opponents if they are to be considered genuine, former Itezi Tezhi Member of Parliament Greyford Monde has said. Mr Monde has claimed that his opponent in the August 11 parliamentary elections, Herbert Shabula, spread falsehoods Mr Monde misappropriated Government funds. The election of Mr Shabula was nullified last week following an election petition by Mr Monde. He said that Mr Shabula also instigated violence against people who supported the ruling Patriot Front in the constituency and made several alarming pronouncements on radio. Mr Monde, who is also former minister of Fisheries and Livestock explained in an interview with Daily Nation that he was happy with the outcome of his election petition and that he would not be moved even if Mr Shabula would appeal as justice would vindicate him. “I’m happy so far with the outcome of the election petition, the courts were able to see the bad things my opponent had to ploy just to win an election. A candidate in an election should be fairly elected, and desist from propagating violence or spreading falsehoods. Mr Shabula was telling people that I stole a Grader and billions of monies from the council, which he failed to prove in court” he said. Last week, Lusaka High Court Judge Pixie Kasonde Yangailo nullified the parliamentary election of Mr Shabula as UPND Member of Parliament for Itezhi-Tezhi Constituency in Central Province, citing extensive acts of violence perpetrated by Mr Shabula and his supporters against the supporters of Mr Monde.