GBM arrested, Charged

POLICE yesterday arrested United Party for National Development (UPND) vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and charged him with assault and allegedly injuring two Patriotic Front female cadres during the Bululu Ward by-election campaign.
Mr Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, was arrested at kasama police station where he was granted police bond.
Later in the day he appeared in the Kasama Magistrates Court charged with two counts of assault.
Mr Mwamba, of plot No. 10 Sable road, Kabulonga, is accused of occasioning actual bodily harm on two PF female members in Kasama.
Particulars of the offence are that on August 1, 2015, Mr Mwamba whilst acting together with other unknown persons allegedly assaulted Emma Chungu, 21, and Yvonne Musonda ,23, both of Kasama district.
The former Kasama lawmaker, who appeared before magistrate Samuel Mumba for plea denied the charge of assault.
Magistrate Mumba has since adjourned the matter to September 28, 2015 for commencement of trail.
Mr Mwamba, who was represented by lawyer Muleya Kabesha of Kabesha Kabesha and Company, has been granted a K5000 cash bail in his own cognisance with two working sureties.
But Mr Mwamba claimed that the police acted on instructions from President Edgar Lungu.
He said the move had been necessitated by the victory of the UPND in Wednesday’s Ward By elections in Bululu Ward of Kasama Central constituency.
“…This morning I have had the pleasure to receive guests at my house from the Zambia Police Force in Kasama with instructions from Edgar Lungu to arrest me,” Mr Mwamba claimed.
He said the UPND’s victory in Bululu ward was an achievement that PF did not expect and an indication that the heat is on and more would fall to UPND.”
Mr Mwamba said he was mindful that he had gone through similar intimidation with President Michael Sata (late) when they were still in the opposition.
“So this is not so much of a challenge to me. For now I shall concentrate my efforts to win the Kasama Central Constituency and the tripartite elections of 2016. Nothing will stop us from forming the next Government and reality is now dawning on them,” he said.
On Thursday, President Lungu said he was concerned that opposition political parties were plotting violence ahead of the 2016 general elections.
President Lungu added that he was aware that Mr Mwamba had been sponsoring violence, which resulted in seven PF supporters being attacked.
The Head of State said he had received reports that the opposition was bent on creating lawlessness in the country.
The President said this through his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda.