Police in Livingstone have arrested suspended Livingstone Mayor Aggrey Njekwa (who ia also UPND Lizuma Ward Councillor) as well as three other people and recovered an offensive weapon in connection to the recent violence which led to the killing of Patriotic Front (PF) Monze district youth secretary Harrison Chanda.
Southern Province Police Chief Charity Katanga said the Police in Livingstone arrested Mr Njekwa and three others in the early hours of Thursday in connection to the recent violence which led to the killing of Mr Chanda.
Ms Katanga said the police also recovered an offensive weapon and that the investigations were still underway.
“For now, what I can say in that we are still investigating this matter and the nation will be informed of the outcome.
And nine United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres have denied the charge of obstructing police officers in their execution of duty contrary to 250 (b) Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
The nine UPND cadres are Manyika Habweengwa, aged 25, Victor Chilomo, 55, Daniel Mizinga, 24, Vincent Mulongo, 55, Rigan Hamaleka 45, Victorious Haloba, 54, Spearman Mumbuluma, 68, Obert Mulomba aged 41 and Ezron Moono aged 49.
Appearing before Livingstone Magistrate Chola Musonda yesterday, the nine accused persons said they all understood the charge of obstructing police officers in their execution of duty but they denied the charge.
The Magistrate Court has since granted bail of KR1, 000 and two sureties to each of the nine suspects whose occupation ranges from businessmen, farmers, drivers, security guards and workers of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
Earlier, defense lawyers led by Jack Mwiimbu and Martha Mushipe applied to the court to grant bail to the nine accused persons and argued that all suspects were Zambians who had a fixed abode and they posed no flight risk or not security risk.
But the State through a lawyer Lawrence Mudenda objected to the bail application saying the accused were a hindrance to police operations in ensuring that there was peace and order.
Mr Mudenda submitted that if the accused were released and continue with such a type of behavior with the police, then security was at stake and hence police operations would be hampered.
However, Mr Mwiimbu insisted that the charge was misdemeanor and bailable while the accused were able to meet any bail conditions which would be granted to them.
He said the objection by the State was based on mere allegations saying any person was innocent until proven guilty by the court of law.
And Ms Mushipe said the accused had a fundamental right to be granted bail as provided in the criminal code section 1, 2 and 3 Chapter 88 of the laws of Zambia.
In his ruling to grant bail, Magistrate Musonda ruled in favour of the defence saying allegations were never a justifiable basis for denying suspects the bail.
Magistrate Musonda said as rightly submitted by the defence, accused persons were innocent until proven guilty adding that he did not see any security risk being posed by the accused persons.
The matter would come up for mention on March 27 and April 25 while trial would commence on May 29 to 31 this year.
Mr Hichilema and Moomba Member of Parliament Vitalis Mooya were some of the notable UPND officials who were present in court.