PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Copperbelt Province chairman Stephen Kainga yesterday pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstructing a police officer from performing his duty.
This is in a case in which Kainga, 49, of house number M2, Mukuba Secondary School compound is jointly charged with Copperbelt Province PF vice youth chairman Stanley Chandindi for allegedly obstructing a police officer from performing his duty.
The offence is contrary to section 250 (b) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Appearing before Kitwe Principal Resident Magistrate Ikechukwu Iduma, the duo denied the charge levelled against them.
Particulars of the case allege that the duo, on July 15, this year, in Kitwe, jointly and whilst acting together obstructed a Zambia Police officer, Inspector Lungu, from executing his duties.
Magistrate Iduma adjourned the case to August 10, 2015 for possible commencement of trial.
And in a related case, another PF member Richard Chileshe pleaded not guilty to threatening violence.
Chileshe is accused of threatening violence contrary to section 90 (b) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Chief Resident Magistrate Penjani Lamba adjourned Chileshe’s case to August 18, this year for possible commencement of trial.
By press time, two other PF members Sampa Mulenga and John Kangwa were scheduled to take plea before Kitwe magistrate Kampinda Chipamu in a matter where they are jointly charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Outside the court room, PF Copperbelt Province chairlady Hilda Kawesha urged the PF members to remain peaceful and support the officials.
“Let us remain calm and support our officials. The fact that Kainga and other party officials had been taken to court is evidence enough that President Edgar Lungu is fair and treats all citizens fairly regardless of political affiliation.
“Let us exhibit discipline, calmness and unity as we offer solidarity to our officials who are appearing before the court,” Mrs Kawesha said.