FORMER Kafue district PF executive youth chairman Keith Mwewa has sued PF secretary general Davies Mwila in the Lusaka High Court seeking a declaration that the election of Kestus Simukanzye as PF Kafue district executive PF chairman is illegal. Mwewa, who has also sued Simukanzye, is claiming an order of injunction restraining the latter from posing or conducting himself as chairman and from presiding over any meeting.
In a statement of claim filed in the principal registry on December 3, Mwewa stated that sometime in early 2018, Mwila called for a stakeholders meeting at Chongwe Secondary School where he announced that the PF would be holding intraparty elections and gave guidelines on how the same were to be conducted at all party levels. The plaintiff stated that Mwila set August 11 this year as the date for the Kafue district and constituency elections to be held at Kafue’s Chita Lodge. Mwewa stated that it was in public domain that prior to the elections, there were campaign camps wherein in the Kafue case, there was the Gibson Sinkala and Dennis Kaeza camp.
He stated that he was perceived and actually aligned to the Gibson Sinkala camp while Simukanzye was associated with the Dennis Kaeza camp. Mwewa stated further that Gibson Sinkala competed with Dennis Kaeza for the position of Kafue district executive chairman and Sinkala won. He further stated that Majory Kasanda, who competed with Lillian Chilufya for the position of constituency chairlady lost to the latter who belonged to Sinkala’s camp. Mwewa further stated that Cecilia Phiri lost the position of vice women’s chairlady to Linah Daka who also belonged to the Sinkala camp while Mary Nampungwe of the Kaeza camp lost as women secretary to Nora Mwasile who belongs to the Sinkala camp.
He stated that at the conclusion of the elections, Stephen Masumba who was returning officer, without any just cause allowed the four losing candidates at the constituency level to contest various positions at district level when the nominations had closed at the time.
“Notwithstanding and even if the said nominations was validated, the quartet could only be allowed to contest the various positions, but had no right to cast the vote at district elections as they did not form part of the electoral college having lost at the constituency level, but were however, allowed to cast the votes,” Mwewa stated.
He added that it was common knowledge that the four, having belonged to the Kaeza camp whereas him belonged to the Sinkala camp, did not vote for him and ultimately influenced the outcome of the results of Kafue district PF chairmanship where Simukanzye polled 52 votes against his 50 votes. The plaintiff contended that legally, if the four were not allowed to cast their votes, he should have polled 50 votes where as Simukanzye should have polled 48 votes. Mwewa added that the entire district elections were flawed.
He stated also that having petitioned the elections about August 11 this year to Mwila through the elections’ committee which by regulation, the petition was supposed to be disposed of within 60 days, the committee has to date failed to preside over the said election which in effect has prejudiced him.