UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema and his vice Geoffrey Mwamba yesterday appeared before Magistrate John Mbuzi of Ndola in the Luanshya Magistrate court.
This is in a matter in which the two were charged with three counts of seditious practices and unlawful assembly contrary to the laws of Zambia.
When Magistrate Mbuzi read the charges both Hichilema and Mwamba pleaded not guilty to the three charges.
In count one and two, Hichilema and Mwamba were charged individually with seditious practices contrary to the laws of Zambia.
In count three the two were jointly charged with unlawful assembly contrary to section 75 as read with section 74 of the penal code and regulation of the Public Order Act.
Particulars are that the accused number one, Hichilema, 54, of house number 14/38 Sable road Kabulonga on September, 26, in Mpongwe did conspire with others unknown to bring into hatred, incite violence, resistance, and disobedience to the administration of the elected Government of Zambia by uttering words namely ” nga taba mufumishe Matambo, epo ulubuli lwalatampila”.
In count two Mwamba, 57, of house number 10 Roan road, Kabulonga, was charged with sedituous practices.
It is alleged that on September, 26, in Mpongwe, accused number two, Mwamba did conspire with others unknown to bring into hatred, incite violence, resistance, and disobedience to the administration of the elected Government of Zambia by uttering words namely ” if we pano ngaba UPND tulwile twakana iyi Government yakwa Lungu; ngabamyeba ati kuli ama meeting yaba Lungu mulekana, pantu president wesu ni HH”.
In count three the duo were charged with unlawful assembly contrary to the laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that on September, 26, in Mpongwe being in a public place jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown did convene, assemble unlawfully with intent to carry out some common purpose without notifying the regulating officer.
When the matter came up yesterday afternoon the duo’s lawyers comprising of Jack Mwimbu, Chimuka Maggubwi, Tom Shamakamba and Mulilo Kabesha applied for bail.
Magistrate Mbuzi granted the two bail of K25, 000 in their own recognisance with two working sureties based on the Copperbelt.
The matter was adjourned to today for mention.