THE State says it is still finding it difficult to secure witnesses to testify in the case in which Patriotic Front Lusaka Province youth chairperson Kennedy Kamba is charged with assault and unlawful assembly.
Kamba, 39, a businessman of Rockfield, Lusaka, is facing one count of proposing violence and unlawful assembly.
When the matter came up for trial before magistrate Wendy Chibesakunda, the state said it was not ready to proceed because none of the witnesses summoned, including the arresting officer, were in court.
The state said fresh summons were sent to the arresting officer and to all witnesses but was surprised that none had shown up.
The state asked for a last adjournment saying that an appropriate application would be made if the witnesses do not come to court.
Ms Chibesakunda ordered the court to ensure that the arresting officer is summoned and brought to court before the application is made.
Principal magistrate Obbister Musukwa has recused himself from hearing the case.
At the last hearing in December last year, Mr Musukwa had threatened to revoke bail granted to Kamba if it was proved that he was interfering with witnesses.
Mr Musukwa’s threats came after reports by the state that the defendant was allegedly threatening witnesses who were now scared to appear in court to testify.
Kamba is alleged to have made a statement indicating or implying that it would be incumbent or desirable to do any acts calculated to cause death or physical injury to any person or any class or community of persons namely, to other PF members in Lusaka on November 7 last year.
The case is set for April 11 for commencement of trial.