Police in Lusaka have arrested and detained pro-Patriotic Wynter Kabimba and former Lusaka province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba for proposing violence while injured Lusaka district PF acting vice chairman Julius Komaki has been discharged from University Teaching Hospital under tight state security.
Meanwhile, eight Patriotic Front (PF) cadres have pleaded not guilty to three counts of unlawful wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm in a case where they have been jointly charged.
Some of the cadres that attacked Komaki yesterday appeared in court and these included Lameck Mwila 31, Moses Nsofu 51, of Chaisa compound, Jackson Lupashaya 41, of Chibolya compound, Moses Mwaba 29, of Garden compound and Lazarous Mphande 42, of Marapodi compound.
Others who appeared in court and pleaded not guilty were Tranos Mukanya 40, of Kaunda Square, Paulsen Kakoma 27 and Kenny Zimba also aged 27 from Kanyama compound.
The cadres appeared before Principal Resident Magistrate Aridah Chulu to take plea on charges of unlawful wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm.
Particulars of offence were that in the first count, Lameck Mwila, Jackson Lupashaya and Moses Mwaba on November 7, 2013 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown allegedly did cause unlawful wounding occasioning bodily harm to Julius Nkomaki.
In the second count, Lameck Mwila, Lazarous Mphande and Tranos Mukanya on November 7, 2013 in Lusaka jointly whilst acting together with other persons unknown allegedly unlawfully wounded Peter Nkole.
In the third count Paulsen Kakoma, Kenny Zimba and Lameck Mwila on November 7, 2013 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together allegedly did assault Douglas Banda thereby accessioning bodily harm.
The case will come up for mention on November 27, 2013 while trial in the matter is expected to commence on January 23, 2014.
Kamba has been linked to last Thursday’s clashes between the pro- and anti-kabimba factions that has been calling for the expulsion of the Justice Minister for creating parallel structures within the ruling party.
Kamba who arrived at Lusaka Central police station at about 14:10 hours yesterday in the company of his lawyer Abraham Mwansa was immediately taken for interrogations and the questioning only lasted for two hours as at about 16:00 hours, the former Lusaka district provincial youth chairman was arrested and detained on charge of proposing violence.
Kamba was been denied bond and is expected to appear in court today
And Komaki was yesterday discharged from UTH under tight security and his whereabouts remain unknown for security reasons as there are fears that the thugs that attacked him on Thursday were determined to have the PF youth leader dead.
Komaki told that the Daily Nation that his life was still in danger for having been behind the calls and demands for the expulsion of the Justice Minister from the ruling the party.
Komaki has been a victim of one of the worst intra party violent scenes in Zambia’s democracy but has called continued appealing to President Sata to listen to the voices of the youths and the general membership of the party calling for the dismissal of their secretary general.
The Lusaka PF youth leader said his blood and that of the deceased PF cadre would haunt those who sponsored the violence and has called on the youth to avoid physical confrontation because the cause they were fighting for was meant to save the ruling party from collapsing.