High court judgement on Charles Kakoma was right – Sondashi
Time Posted: August 13, 2014 2:32 pm
We in the Forum for Democratic Alternatives party (FDA) agree with the interpretation of the law by the Supreme Court and recently the High Court Judge Judith Mulongoti in particular, in the case where she cleared United Party for National Development (UNDP) Zambezi west constituency contender Charles Kakoma and has allowed him to re-contest his seat after it was nullified on account of corruption and illegal electoral malpractices.
However we in the FDA note with serious concern that government should address and correct the defects in the law, which should have allowed and compelled the High Court to prepare, and for the High Court Registrar to deliver a report to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the findings that Mr. Kakoma committed electoral malpractices in respect of the 2011 elections which led to the election results being nullified.
Government in particular should learn from the case and judgments that there is urgent need to repair the defects in the laws in respect to those found guilty with electoral illegalities and corrupt malpractices so that we do not have a situation where perpetrators of these vices go unpunished or scotfree.
This judgment should also serve as an eye opener to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Electoral Commission of Zambia, whose agencies should recommenced to the government the need to have the lacuna in the laws rectified, so that corruption does not appear to be encouraged in Zambia.
Dr. Ludwig Sondashi