Court threatens to revoke HH, GBM bail

LUANSHYA Magistrates Court has threatened to revoke the bail of opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema and his vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba if they continue to issue statements concerning matters before court. Ndola Magistrate John Mbuzi sitting at Luanshya Magistrate issued the warning when the two opposition leaders appeared before him in a matter in which the duo is charged with seditious activities and unlawful assembly. When the matter came up for mention yesterday the State prosecution team complained that Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba had continued to comment on the matter before court. In his ruling over the submission, Magistrate Mbuzi stated that actions by the two accused persons were seditious. “If the accused continue to issue statements, this court will have no option but to revoke the bail,” Magistrate Mbuzi warned. Magistrate Mbuzi has since adjourned the matter to November, 7, 2016, for mention and possible trial and extended the bail for the accused persons. Mr Hichilema, in count one is charged with seditious practices contrary to the laws of Zambia. Particulars of the offence are that Hichilema on September 20, in Mpongwe district on the Copperbelt did conspire with others unknown to bring into hatred, incite violence, resistance and disobedience to the administration of the elected Government of Zambia by uttering words namely “nga taba mufumishe Matambo, epo ulubuli lwalatampila”. In count two, Mwamba is charged with seditious practices. It is alleged that on 26th September while in Mpongwe, Mr Mwamba,popularly known as GBM, did conspire with others unknown to bring into hatred, incite violence, resistance and disobedience to the administration of the elected Government of Zambia by uttering words namely ” ifwe pano ngaba UPND tufwile twakana iyi government yakwa Lungu; ngabamyeba ati kuli ama meeting yaba Lungu mulekana, pantu president wesu ni HH”. In count three, the duo is jointly charged with unlawful assembly contrary to the laws of Zambia. It is alleged that on September 26, 2016 the two while at Mpongwe on the Copperbelt Province being in a public place jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown did convene, assemble unlawfully with intent to carry out some common purpose without notifying the regulating officer.

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