Supreme Court dismisses PF petition challenging Kaoma UPND MP

The Supreme Court has thrown out the appeal by loosing Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Enock Maseka challenging the election of UPND’s Carlos Antonio as Member of Parliament for Kaoma Central constituency.

The verdict was delivered this morning by Supreme Court Judge Munyinda Wankie who upheld the High Court’s ruling that Antonio was dully elected. The Judge ruled that the petitioner failed to prove allegations of character assassination which was advanced as having given Antonio an upper-hand to win the seat in 2011 tripartite elections.

Judge Wankie said much as the allegations of Antonio accusing the petitioner of being a serial killer were serious especially for one running for public office, there was no evidence adduced that the allegations were said by Antonio.

The Supreme Court Judge said based on the evidence adduced before court he was upholding the ruling of the High Court that dismissed the the PF candidate’s petition with cost declaring Antonio as a dully elected Member of Parliament for Kaoma Central, in Western province.

Speaking to journalists after the verdict, Antonio thanked the Judiciary saying it had shown that its independence.