LAWYERS representing losing Sesheke PF candidate Dean Masule and area member of parliament Romeo Kangombe together with Attorney General Likando Kalaluka have entered a consent for the former to be joined to the election petition as an interested party.
Masule petitioned the election of Kangombe alleging that he engaged in electoral malpractices to win the election and wants the court to nullify his election.
The consent has been entered into by Masule’s lawyers Eric Silwamba, Jalasi and Linyama Legal Practitioners, Kangombe’s lawyers Malambo and Company and the Attorney General and was dated March 27.
“The parties herein having consented to the written terms through their respective advocates, it is hereby ordered that the Attorney General be and is hereby joined to these proceedings as the interested party. It is hereby further ordered that the orders for directions issued to the parties on 15th March, 2019 be varied to enable the interested party file its pleadings into court before commencement of trial,” the consent read in part.
In the petition, Masule has alleged that the campaigns in the elections were characterised by undue influence that resulted from threats and violence to life and property, as well as, rampant physical attacks on PF members and the general public, resulting in severe injuries.
He has also claimed that the said acts of violence were widespread and affected the majority voters of the nine wards that constituted Sesheke parliamentary constituency.
But Kangombe in his answer to the petition has denied allegations that violence engulfed Sesheke district during the by-election.
He stated that Masule’s allegations that violence engulfed the whole district were speculative, adding that if at all it occurred, which he denied, then the incidents were isolated.