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Phiri fights for Kanyama

MINISTER of Gender Elizabeth Phiri

CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE margin of victory for United Party for National Development (UPND) Kanyama Member of Parliament Monty Chinkuli has not deterred former Minister of Gender Elizabeth Phiri from petitioning the outcome of the vote in last month’s general election. While Mr Chinkuli collected 57,452 votes, Ms Phiri could only manage 38,564 in one of the most densely populated constituencies of Lusaka and the nation as a whole. However, Ms Phiri is not convinced with the manner of her defeat. She alleges that electoral malpractices which include bribery, violence and vote-buying among others influenced the outcome of the vote. But Mr Chinkuli has told the Lusaka High Court to dismiss the petition against his election filed by Ms Phiri who stood on the Patriotic Front (PF) ticket because her suit was filed outside the prescribed time frame. Mr Chinkuli claims the former Minister of Gender’s petition should be dismissed with costs because it was filed after the prescribed 14 days. “The petition is, therefore, invalid and wrongly before the court and ought to be dismissed with costs because it was filed 14 days after the declaration of the election results,” he argued. In her petition, Ms Phiri cited Mr Chinkulu and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) as first and second respondents respectively. In an affidavit in support of summons for an order to dismiss the petition, Mr Chinkuli states that on September 2 this year, Ms Phiri served him with documents relating to the petition.
“Upon being served the aforesaid documents, the defendant instructed his lawyers to represent him in the matter,” he said. “The petitioner filed her petition into court on August 30, 2021, petitioning.” Mr Chinkuli submitted that Ms Phiri filed her petition out of time because it should have been submitted not later than 14 days after the declaration of the election results.
“The petition is therefore wrongly before the court and ought to be dismissed with costs,” Mr Chinkuli says. But in her opposing documents, Ms Phiri argued that CLICK TO READ MORE




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