Scores of Mongu residents yesterday marched to the Provincial Administration demanding for permission to visit and have bail granted for their relatives who were charged with riotous behavior following the January 14 riots.
This was after a Mongu Subordinate court yesterday denied bail to a group of more than 60 men of Mongu district, who were arrested during the riot.
A representative of the aggrieved residents Moses Litula said there were in pain because they have relatives and children who have been in police custody for about 3 weeks now without them know their welfare. He said it has been difficult to even provide food for their loved ones as prisons officers would not give them a chance to do so.
He said since the law has taken its course by charging them with riotous behavior which is a bailable case, parents and relatives should be allowed to visit them while they await trial.He said it would be even better to grant them bail so that those who are in school and those in employment can continue to do their duties.
And responding to the request Western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba said issues of the court where autonomous hence he does not have the power to comment on it.
On the 14 of January this year, Police in Mongu arrested more than 100 people who were rioting after government canceled a meeting aimed at discussing the restoration of the 1964 Baroste Agreement (BA).