SESHEKE UPND member of parliament Romeo Kangombe has asked the Lusaka High Court to subpoena retired senior superintendent-in-charge of Sesheke district Shapa Wakung’uma and Prime Television to testify in the ongoing petition hearing in which PF losing candidate Dean Masule is challenging his election victory.
According to a writ of subpoena ad testificandum and duces tecum filed in court on April 10 by Kangombe’s lawyers Malambo and Company, Wakung’uma and Prime Television Zambia Limited are commanded in the name of the President to attend before judge Gertrude Chawatama at the High Court sitting at Livingstone from April 8 to 30, 2019.
Wakung’uma and Prime television are advised to bring with them and produce evidence as it relates to the parliamentary elections petition for Sesheke Constituency number 153 situate in the Sesheke district of Western Province.
In this petition, Masule wants the court to nullify Kangombe’s election, alleging that the campaigns in the said 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.
Masule also alleged that acts of violence were widespread and affected the majority voters of the nine wards that constituted Sesheke parliamentary constituency.
But Kangombe has denied violence allegations, saying that the PF officials themselves undertook acts of electoral malpractice to prevent electorates from voting for him.
He stated that allegations that violence engulfed the whole district were speculative, adding that if at all that occurred, which he denied, were isolated incidences.