MMD regrets Malambo seat nullification

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MMD regrets Malambo seat nullification

Chipata , June 13, 2013….The opposition MMD in the eastern province has

described the nullification of Maxwell Mwale as Member of Parliament

for Malambo constituency as regrettable.


Provincial Chairperson Alexander Miti told ZANIS in an interview that

the loss of the Malambo parliamentary seat was a big blow as MMD has lost

one of the most hardworking and vibrant MPs in the province.


Mr Miti said that Mr Mwale was reliable, dependable and contributed

positively not only to his constituency but to party and the

development of the country.


He said that there was nothing that the former ruling party can do

since the nullification of the seat by the high court was upheld by

the Supreme Court and the decision should be  respected.


He however charged that the country would continue losing huge amounts

of money on by-elections which he claimed were triggered by the ruling



Mr Miti said the by-elections were  a serious cost to the national

treasury saying the money spent on by-elections since the 2011

tripartite  elections could have been used on developmental projects.


He charged that the PF wanted to divert people’s attention from

developmental programmes to politics.


Mr Miti said people were tired of by-elections that were being held

due to petitions saying a lot of money was being wasted on

by-elections although he noted that this was a constitutional issue.


He however hoped that the new constitution would bar people who ditched their

political parties from contesting in any election.


The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a  high court ruling to

nullify the Malambo parliamentary seat on grounds of

election malpractice.