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28 UPND members arrested in Kasama appear in court


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THE 28 suspected United Party for National Development (UPND) members who were arrested in Kasama, Northern Province, after being found in possession of petrol bombs and other dangerous weapons, on Monday appeared in the Kasama magistrate’s court.

The suspects, who were apprehended last week at UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba’s residence, were granted bail with two sureties.
According to court documents, the 28 appeared for mention before magistrate Bartholomew Kaongo.

Following an application by defence lawyer Mulilo Kabesha, who stated that the suspects were of fixed abode and all residents of Kasama, Mr Kaongo granted them bail on condition that they each pay K500 cash and produce two working sureties with K500 to be paid by each surety.

This is in a case in which Chisha Chewe and 27 others on July 20 conducted themselves in a way likely to cause a breach of the peace.

Other offences included assault on police officers, malicious damage to property, and being in possession of offensive weapons.

In the fourth count, the 28 could not take plea as the offence of making and being in possession of offensive weapons required a directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions for the State to proceed with it.

Mr Kaongo set August 18, this year, as the date for mention and August 31 and September 1 for possible mention and trial.


  1. This is a work of PF which had set up these cadres. Some of the cadres would be PF cadres. GBM has been minister of defence before & there’s no way he could have allowed cadres with petro bombs at his residence. the judge knows too that there’s no case for UPND cadres.

  2. Those are works of GBM. Similarly, in Lusaka he (GBM) has been enticing tax drivers and street vendors in Lusaka town centre business area to cause havoc during elections. This word has gone round from reliable sources at Lusaka town centre business area

  3. These Youths are innocent. This is politically motivated and the target is GBM. Lungu and PF are desperate to stop GBM from campaigning for HH & UPND in areas where PF thought is still their strongholds. GBM is an effective campaigner and that is why Lungu and PF are scared of him. Even with rigging its too late for Lungu. He will lose this election becoz people have already made up their minds to vote for HH,GBM & UPND enmasse.

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