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