The Kasama central constituency election petition appeal case yesterday failed to take off due to the absence of the appellants lawyer Mulambo Haimbe who is said to have been involved in an accident.

In  this matter UPND losing candidate for Kasama central Sibongile Mwamba appealed against the high court judgement to declare patriotic front’s Kelvin Sampa as duly elected member of parliament.

When the case was called before a panel of constitutional court judges the matter could not proceed as Sibongile’s lawyer Mulambo Haimbe was reported unwell after being involved in the an accident.

Sianondo informed the court that Mr Haimbe had 28 stitches to his body following an accident and could not manage to come to court.

The matter has since been adjourned to June 26 2017.

Lusaka high court judge Susan Wanjelani had dismissed the election petition by Mwamba don grounds that she failed to substantiate the allegations of election malpractice.

Justice Wanjelani had ruled that Mwamba failed to prove how the allegations of satanic tag labeled against the presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema could have affected the majority voters from voting for their preferred parliamentary candidate among other allegations.