The State has entered a Nolle Prosequi in a case where opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) Vice President and Presidential Running Mate Geoffrey Mwamba is accused of Conduct Likely to Cause the breach of Peace.
Principle State Advocate Katongo Waluzimba under the Office of the National Prosecution Authority said they had instructions to stop the case but that the other two cases are still on.
Yesterday the matter came up before Kitwe Magistrate Maloto Phiri and first was the Assault Case were the complainant Moses Katongo of No. 1074 Kawama, Kitwe identified Mr. Mwamba as the one who had slapped him on 19th May 2016 around 14 hours.
Mr. Katongo a Toothpaste street vendor at Chisokone Market claimed that on the material day a group called “HH” led by a man he identified as “Mr. GBM” came to the market and upon reaching his stand “Mr. GBM” asked him to shout “forward” and flash a unfolded palm symbol but that he refused.
He claimed it is at this point “Mr. GBM” slapped him on his mouth and left him bleeding and two teeth shaking.
At was at this point that Mr. Katongo reported the matter to Police that gave him a medical Report to present at the Hospital.
During Cross Examination by Defence Lawyers led by Mulilo Kabesha and Tom Shamakamba said the accused was lying to the Court as the statement he gave to the Police which he Mr. Kabesha read in Court was different from his submissions this morning especially on the matter of bleeding and shaking of teeth.
And a second Witness Dillan Chama, 23, also identified Mr. Mwamba who was in the company of UDF President Miles Sampa with about seven others and a mob as the person he saw slapping Mr. Katongo around 11 hours.
And Magistrate Phiri adjourned the matter to 3rd August 2016 for the continuation of the case and the accused Bail has since been extended.
Present during the case was the UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his United Democratic Front counterpart Miles Sampa, former Acting President Dr. Guy Scott and former Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) National Secretary Major Richard Kachingwe among others are a crowed of chanting UPND supporters outside the Courts.
Security was tight as the Zambia Police had deployed a battalion of Police officers heavily armed and in full riot gear to maintain peace.
Meanwhile Mr. Mwamba popularly known as GBM has since resumed his campaigns on the Copperbelt and was expected to address rallies in Chililabombwe, Chibuluma and Ndola respectively before attending a dinner Dance at Kitwe’s Mooba Hotel tonight.