Mazabuka Central UPND member of parliament Garry Nkombo and seven others who were facing a murder charge have walked to freedom after the Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito discontinued the case against them.
The eight appeared in the magistrates courts in Livingstone this morning and were informed that the DPP had written to discontinue the case against them and were there by set free.
The murder charge arose from the death of PF cadre Harrison Chanda who was allegedly hacked by suspected UPND carders about two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, a PF cadre Henry Harry Lungu 26, unemployed of B2 30 Libuyu compound in Livingstone has been formerly charged with the murder of Harrison Chanda.
When asked if he understood the charge by Magistrate Chola Musonda Lungu affirmed and he will appear in the magistrate court for mention on March 25, 2013.
A case of murder in the Zambian statutes is a non- bail able offence and carries a death penalty when found guilty.
It is alleged that on February 25, 2015 in Livingstone of Southern Province in the republic of Zambia, Lungu did murder one Harrison Chanda contrary to section 200 of the Penal Code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
The matter would come up on March 25 this year for a mention while awaiting instructions from the DPP.
And Mr Lungu asked the court to facilitate his CD4 count check at the Hospital as police had allegedly denied him access to his medical check-up.
He also said there was need for the police to bring his medicine from his home because he was unwell.
Earlier when he arrived at the court, Mr Lungu resisted going into court cells and police officers had a tough time taking him into the cells.
The court premises were surrounded by several police officers.
Earlier after their release from court, the eight UPND members took to the streets of Livingstone with their supporters in celebration over the discontinuation of the case and walk to freedom.
The celebration caused congestion on the road and many people stopped doing their usual business to catch a glimpse of the released UPND members while others ran alongside the moving vehicles to show their support while waving the UPND party symbol.
And United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakinde Hichilema has advised the police to make proper investigations before accusing and arresting people of serious offences like murder.
He described the treatment received by the seven members of UPND in jail as inhuman.
Mr Hichilema claimed that the ruling PF party was just trying to tarnish the image of the UPND to the public.
Mr. Hichilema further claimed that the police knew who the alleged killers of Chanda were but tried to frame the UPND for a crime they did not commit.
“Under PF you are guilty before you are tired. This is the brutality we talk about concerning the rule of the PF “, he said.
He said the party will consult their lawyers on the way forward now that the case has been discontinued.
He said the people of Livingstone now know UPND is not a violent party and the people of Zambia know that UPND is a victim of a state sponsored scheme by the ruling party to frame it for crimes they have not committed.
He said there is no comfort for the people involved; state needs to explain why the arrested innocent people and some people need to be brought to book like western province minister Obvious Mwaliteta whom he accused of assaulting Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo at the police station which left him with a fractured arm.
The defense team made it known to the court that the medical report of the victim has gone missing and has made a request to the court to help provide them with a medical report signed by a certified medical doctor.
The magistrate granted the request which he asked the Public Prosecutor to avail it to him.