Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Nevers Mumba had to spend a second night in police custody after complications arose in meeting bails conditions for him and the other seven officials.Kitwe Magistrate Penjani Lamba had set the bail conditions at K 2 million bail each in their own recognizance, with one surety from a well-established institution.
Lawyer Irene Kunda, of George Kunda and Company, representing Dr. Mumba and seven other officials explained that the accused persons could not be released immediately because the processing of bail took long and that they had to be taken to Kamfinsa before lock up time.Ms Kunda said the process would be completed today.
MMD president Nevers Mumba and seven other party officials were yesterday remanded at Kamfinsa State Prison after they appeared in a Kitwe magistrate’s court on a charge of unlawful assembly.Mumba 52, of 17C Middle Way Kabulonga in Lusaka is jointly charged with four Members of Parliament (MPs), two MMD officials and a peasant farmer.They were arrested on Monday as they were arriving in Kalulushi from Lufwanyama and detained at Kitwe East police station.
The MPs are Howard Kunda 37 of Muchinga, Masaiti’s Michael Katambo 43, Lufwanyama lawmaker Annie Chungu 55, and James Chishiba 57, of Kafulafuta Constituency.
Others are MMD deputy national secretary Chembe Nyangu 57 and Copperbelt provincial women chairperson Edith Mataka 59 years old. Greenford Kalinda 53, a peasant farmer is also charged along with the MMD officials.
Mumba and his party officials are alleged to have taken part in an unlawful assembly on Monday this week.They all pleaded not guilty before Principal Resident Magistrate Penjani Lamba.The accused persons, who were all arrested on Monday, were taken to court from Kitwe East police station yesterday around 13:30 hours amid tight security.And the court has granted all of them a bail of K2 million each in their own recognisance.
The bail conditions further indicated that each accused person should raise two sureties, also in the sum of K2million each in their own recognisance. One surety should be from a well established institution.Ms Lamba granted bail after an application from lawyer representing the accused persons Irene Kunda.
In her application, Ms Kunda told the court that the offence was a bailable, misdemeanour and that all the accused persons were of fixed abode.She said the accused persons were Zambians, prominent people in society and there was no possibility of them running away.
Provincial Prosecutions officer Anderson Simbuliani did not object to the bail application while the matter would come up on December 24 for mention and January 12, next year for trial.Meanwhile it is alleged that Kamfinsa Prison authorities denied Dr Nevers Mumba and the seven other officials access to food and turned their relatives away.
[Times of Zambia]