Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda has granted Hakainde Hichilema a 30 million kwacha bail after the opposition leader denied a charge of publishing false news.
Mr. Hichilema, of 14/3 A Serval Road, Kabulonga will appear for mention on September 13th 2012 while his trial dates have been set between 1st and 6th October 2012.
Particulars of the offence are that Hichilema on June 11 20012 allegedly uttered false news that the PF had signed an MoU with the Sudanese government to train PF youths in militia contrary to Section 67 subsection 1,2 of the Penal Code.
UPND cadres are camped outside court waiting for the bail processing to finish.
In applying for bail, lead defense lawyer Sakwiba Sikota submitted that three UPND cadres were injured after some unruly PF cadres attacked them outside the magistrate court.
Magistrate Banda ordered that cadres be not allowed near court during subsequent court appearances.
MMD leader Nevers Mumba, ADD President Charles Milupi and ZDDM leader Edwin Sakala are on hand to offer solidarity.
Hichilema told journalists after he was formally charged at Woodlands Police that the arrest was part of President Sata’s crackdown on the opposition.