Former Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta and four UPND members have pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery.
Particulars of the offence are that in count one Mwaliteta and the four UPND members on 14th August 2016 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together stole a handbag and k350 from Elina Nyirenda and used force to overcome the victim.
And in count two the accused stole a black berry phone valued at K4000 from Emmanuel Simbeye in Lusaka.
And Defence lawyers this morning rejected an attempt by the Director of Public Prosecutions to include a third count on the indictment accusing the office of wanting to sneak in the third count.
Defence Lawyer Keith Mweemba argued that it would be unconstitutional for the DPP to include a third count when the accused persons were arrested for two counts of aggravated robbery.
Judge Bowa said he will make a ruling on the inclusion of the third count by the DPP on Monday 12th December 2016.
The Judge has set 12th and 13th December 2016 as date for commencement of trial.
And the court will on 7th December 2016 hear Mr. Mwaliteta’s constitutional bail application.