Court warns PF cadre over interference

LUSAKA Magistrate Albert Mwaba has threatened to revoke bail granted to Patriotic Front (PF) cadre Heita Bwalya if he continues interfering with a State witness in the case in which he is facing one count of aggravated assault.

Magistrate Mwaba said Bwalya risks being sent to prison on the offence of interfering with the witness, Luka Kalabi, because such action was contemptuous.

Mr Kalabi, 42, of house number M/6035 Matero township is also a complainant in the case because he was allegedly beaten by Bwalya and his colleagues.

Magistrate Mwaba was making a ruling after Mr Kalabi complained that Bwalya has been visiting him at his Buseko market stall and thre atening to kill him after the burial of President Sata next week.

This was when the matter came up for mention yesterday.

“You should stop interfering with the State witness. If you continue I will revoke bail and you will start coming from the prison,” Magistrate Mwaba told Bwalya.

Mr Kalabi said Bwalya visited him at his market stall on three occasions, threatening his life and the latest was on Wednesday this week.

He said because of the death threats, he was no longer free and he felt that any time he could be killed by Bwalya.

“He (Heita Bwalya) came to my stand and said “I will kill someone after the burial of President Sata”. He did not mention it directly to me but it makes me scared. Yesterday (Wednesday) he also came to my stand in an unregistered vehicle,” Kalabi said.

But Bwalya denied issuing death threats to Kalabi, saying from the time he was released on bail he had not seen or talked to him.

He said the only thing he did after being given bail was to ask family members to talk and convince Kalabi so that they could reconcile and become friends again.

The magistrate also advised Kalabi to stop peddling unsubstantiated statements against Bwalya, saying doing so might land him in problems.

“He (Heita Bwalya) did not refer to you. The fact that you brought him here (court) and you heard him saying those statements you assumed that he was referring to you. So your statement is based on assumption. It cannot be substantiated; this is a court of facts,” he said.

The case was adjourned to November 20, 2014 for mention while waiting for instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.