THERE was drama at the Lusaka High Court grounds yesterday when Patriotic Front (PF) cadres stormed the premises in solidarity with their leader Michael Sata.
This was when Kasama Central Member of Parliament (MP) Saviour Chishimba filed an injunction to restrain him from filing in his nomination today.
The drama started when PF leaders heard that Mr Chishimba had filed an injunction to block Mr Sata from filing in his nomination to enable him participate in the October 30 Presidential elections.
PF spokesperson Given Lubinda in the company of secretary general Edward Mumbi and lawyer Edgar Ngoma arrived at the court around 14:45 looking for Dr Chishimba and the injunction.
Mr Lubinda and Mr Ngoma were looking for the injunction and the judge who was handling the case, busloads of party cadres started trooping into the court premises.
Armed police officers kept vigil and warned the irate cadres not to cause confusion at the courts but the calls fell on deaf ears because the cadres went ahead and broke a door to one courtroom.
When Mr Sata and his vice Guy Scott arrived at the court, the cadres were ordered to follow him into the courtroom but later they discovered that the matter was in chambers.
The cadres continued chanting slogans outside the court and Mandevu MP Jean Kapata, Chimwemwe MP Willie Nsanda and Nkana MP Mwenya Musenge kept on talking to the cadres.
Mr Lubinda said that if Mr Sata was stopped from filing in his nomination then the PF would ensure that no presidential candidates filed in their nominations.
At about 18:00 hours Mr Sata pleaded with his cadres for them to go home but they refused saying they would wait for the outcome of the matter.
After he failed to compromise with his cadres he led them outside the court premises to the High Court roundabout blocking the prime time traffic from the central trading district.
This morning the Court is expected to deliver judgment on the matter.