Chuumbwe’s Minor Victory
Patriotic Front Lusaka Province chairman Geoffrey Chuumbwe scored a minor victory in the Supreme Court when his challenge against winning Chilanga parliamentary seat candidate Keith Mukata was sent back to the High Court for retrial.
Chuumbwe, who lost the seat in the 2011 elections, had his petition thrown out by the High Court but appealed to the Supreme Court where a five panel bench ruled that the case be re-tried under a different judge.
Mukata, an MMD MP who is serving in the PF government may find himself in the cold in the event of a by-election as the PF may be forced to side with their long serving cadre Chuumbwe.
Acting Deputy Chief Justice, Marvin Mwanamwambwa, who sat with Supreme Court Judges Florence Mumba, Gregory Phiri, Munyinda Wanki and Elizabeth Muyovwe said the case was being sent back for re-trial at the High Court before another judge because the High Court did not resolve the disputes between the two parties and did not give reasons for its decisions in the judgment.
The dispute resolved around 55 bags of cement that were allegedly donated by Mukata that were not conclusively established to have either been paid for by the defendant or the cooperative that received them for a storage slab.
Justice Mwanamwambwa said the matter should be plainly settled in order to clearly settle the matter.
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