Magistrate Greenwell Malumani has commenced the trial of United Party for National Development (UPND) Leader Hakainde Hichilema in which he has been charged for the use insulting language.

The Defence lawyers have taken turn in questioning the state witnesses of which some are giving conflicting statements.

Below is the verbatim of the transpired during trial.

Defence lawyer Kieth Mweemba asks what the witness; Hamweene and Musamba Chime were wearing on the 11th April, 2017.

State witness says he and the others were dressed in casual clothes.

Defence lawyer Mweemba asks whether the state witness is aware that it is difficult for people to identify an officer when not in uniform?

State witness agrees but denies when asked by defense lawyer Mweemba on whether he is aware that when conducting public duties police officers must be in uniform, failure to do so may lead to relieve of duty.

Defense lawyer Mweemba asks what language is “insulting language “?

And state witness says it is English adding that insulting language is from insulting.

Defense Lawyer Mweemba asks the state witness whether he knows that the accused HH and his entourage where cleared by Police in Mongu?

State witness says he doesn’t know.

Defense lawyer Mweemba says the State witness arrested HH at Lilayi which is not gazzetted but state witness says it is but does not know how.

Defense lawyer Mweemba says state witness has not produced any pictorial evidence to the case in court other than oral to exclude the danger of false implications that HH used insulting language?

State witness says he has no evidence.

 

Defense Lawyer Gilbert Phiri starts cross examining how state and witness who assigned him to arrest and charge HH on 3 charges?

State witness says he was assigned by officer in charge Arthur Shonga.

Defense lawyer Phiri asks if it is a fact that state witness was at HH’s house on 10th April, 2017 at 22:00 hours.

State witness says he was not at HH’s house at that time and on that day.

Defence lawyer Phiri asks that the court avails him the report that the State witness did author on what happened.

State prosecutor Sakala argues that there is no need of such but Magistrate Malumani guides that it be brought forward.

Defence lawyer Phiri asks the state witness to disclose whose handwriting it was and who wrote the report.

State witness says it is his handwriting and that he wrote it.

Defense lawyer Phiri says ‘read paragraph 6’.

State witness ‘Around 22: 00 hours on 10th April, 2017, I pursued Mr Hakainde Hichilema to his residence at plot 10474 off leopards hill road. During an operation which lasted for more than 4 hours, the following suspects were apprehended for various offenses.’

Defense lawyer Phiri says state witness told the court that he never went to HH’s house on 10th April, 2017. Why lie?

State witness says he did not go to HH’s house.

Defense lawyer Phiri calls the state witness a ‘liar..

Magistrate Malumani says he will not allow the state witness to continue telling lies, he says this is a court and the law is followed here vehemently.

Magistrate Malumani quotes relevant provisions on telling lies and guides that he will not allow such lies anymore.

Prosecutor Sakala objects that it is not fair to call the State witness a ‘liar’ by the defense lawyer Phiri.

But Magistrate Greenwell Malumani rules that the reason why such is arising is because the state witness is not telling the truth.

Magistrate Malumani says when brought to court one stops being state but an individual and once jailed it is him alone as state witness Mbita and family to face the punishment. Magistrate Malumani rules that he will use the law and follow the law and nothing otherwise.

 

Defense Lawyer Mweemba asks whether the state witness is aware that a government can be overthrown lawfully?

State witness says he has no time to respond to anything related to treason.

Magistrate Greenwell Malumani asks what the level of education is for the State witness?

 

State witness says he is a police officer but that he can’t state what he has studied as it may be taken as demeaning him.

Defense lawyer Mweemba says do you agree with me that it is allowed to overthrow a government through a democratic Means?

Prosecutor Sakala objects that it is not fair to ask such a question to someone who is not a lawyer.

Magistrate Malumani guides that the question be not entertained.

Defense lawyer Mweemba asks whether witness aware that there was a presidential petition in the country and before the court?

State witness says he is aware adding that the petition was thrown out.

Defence lawyer Mweemba asks when was the matter before Justice Chitabo thrown out?

State witness says he is not aware.

Defence lawyer Mweemba asks whether it is treason to challenge any presidential election in court?

State witness says it is not.

Defense lawyer Mweemba asks what evidence the state witness has talking about HH planning to overthrow a government?

State witness says he will not disclose and state advocates takes to the floor and says it is not fair to ask such a question at this stage.

Defence lawyer Mwiimbu rises and says that the State witness has no choice on what he can comment on or not because all documents are in court and in circulation. Defense lawyer Mwiimbu says there is no court without any evidence.

Defence lawyer Mweemba says that the State witness must disclose what evidence he has.

Magistrate Greenwell Malumani guides that the State witness is not allowed to state the treason evidence.

Magistrate Malumani has disclosed that the treason charge ruling slated for today at 14 hours will not take place today but tomorrow.

He says this is in order to allow the insulting language case end today.

Magistrate Malumani says the State witness must in general manner comment on the treason charge and all cases

Defense Lawyer Mweemba asks how did he arrest HH without investigations?

State witness says he was convinced that HH had committed treason and that he did his own investigations.

Defense lawyer Mweemba asks when did he visit Mongu, Western province? And whether the officer was on duty?

State witness says he was in Mongu on 8th April, 2017 and attended the Kuomboka ceremony.

And defense lawyer Mweemba asks whether the state witness did record a statement from the anyone in Mongu?

State witness says he did not.

And defense lawyer Mweemba asks who is commissioner for Western province,?

And state witness says it is Commissioner Lungu adding that he did not record any statement from.

Defense Lawyer Mweemba asks witness how he made up his mind and arrested HH without the truth or know how?

State witness says he does not know who conducted the investigations on whether HH did commit treason and used insulting language on him and others.

Defense lawyer Mweemba asks for permission to handover a habeas corpus and exhibits written MM1 the initials of his names to the state advocates and go through the provisions on investigations.

Defense lawyer Mweemba asks the state witness to read what he has in his hands.

And state witness says it the official arresting documents which he wrote.

And defense lawyer Mweemba says is this the same document he used to arrest HH?

And state witness asks which case? Defense Lawyer Mweemba says all the charges and in response State witness says yes.

Defense lawyer Mweemba asks what was the length lining on the Mongu-Limulunga road and whether there were police officers on the said road to clear the road?

Defense lawyer Mweemba again asks how was the spacing of police officers on the Mongu-Limulunga road during Kuomboka ceremony and how many police officers were there?

State witness says he does not know.

Defense lawyer Mweemba says but you arrested HH that he blocked a presidential motorcade?

state witness says he is not aware of how.

Defence lawyer Mweemba asks how did you arrive at arresting HH.

And Magistrate Malumani guides that the officer had disclosed that he does not know how the route lining was done and police officers spacing on the Mongu-Limulunga road during Kuomboka ceremony.

Defence lawyer Mweemba asks the state witness what Inspector Ndalama informed him of what happened?

State witness says Inspector Ndalama did not tell him but only submitted a report.

Defense lawyer Mweemba asks whether  the State witness did record a statement?

And state witness says he did not record any statement from Inspector Ndalama and that he is not Inspector Ndalama and that he does not know the report.

State witness further says he did not even read the report from Inspector Ndalama on how HH blocked a presidential motorcade but went ahead to arrest HH without even conducting investigations.

In defense of the state witness, prosecutor Sakala says the treason charge is not what is being discussed and that the witness should not be asked such.

But defense lawyer Mweemba says how can a person be arrested for a capital offense such as treason which is basically leading to killing someone without conducting investigations as the State witness has maintained that he does not know who held and led the investigations when HH was arrested?

Prosecutor Sakala seen whispering to the state witness by the Magistrate Greenwell Malumani who wonders why the State advocate Sakala is doing such without following the court procedure of rising?

In response State advocate Sakala says he will oblige by the court rules.

And in his ruling, Magistrate Greenwell Malumani says he has examined the questions related to the treason charge as raised by state advocate Sakala and he has also taken into account what the defense lawyer Mweemba raised.

Greenwell Malumani has ruled that the State witness being the same person who arrested HH on treason he must be asked by the defense lawyer Mweemba how he did it and investigations he conducted.

He adds that failure to respond on questions to do with treason, may affect the treason charge citing John Hartchard and Muna Ndulo case.

Magistrate Malumani rules that the truth is known at the cross examining stage such as this. He expounds that the State witness has no choice but state how he even arrested HH for treason during this insulting language case because what is coming ahead is a treason hearing which will still require him to explain.

Defense Lawyer Mweemba stands and says good morning officer Mbita, did you sleep well?

And in response senior intelligence officer and arresting officer of HH says he slept well.

Defense lawyer Mweemba says yesterday the cross examining ended on investigations and asks who was in charge of the investigations?

But State witness says he cannot disclose who was in charge of the investigations.

Defence lawyer Mweemba says whether the state witness likes it or not, he will answer as to who was in charge of the investigations.

Defense lawyer Mweemba says if the state witness refuses responding to questions, he will be locked up for not less than 8 days as the law says.

Magistrate Malumani reads from the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) which says anyone refusing to give answers under oath can be sent to prison. He adds that he if the state witness does not respond he will be sent to jail for more than 8 days and postpone the matter.

And in response, state witness Mbita says he does not know who was in charge of the investigations.

But defense lawyer Mweemba says how an intelligence officer and arresting officer fail to tell how investigations were done.

And Magistrate Malumani asks whether Intelligence officer Mbita is the one who conducted the investigations of the treason charge and eventual slapping of the same on HH?

In affirmative, the state witness says yes.

Defense Lawyer Jack Mwiimbu stands and says the defense team would like to raise issues pertaining to the conduct of the Police at court premises.

Defense lawyer Mwiimbu says everyone recalls that during the last deliberations court ordered that Police must be orderly especially how they treat lawyers.

He says a number of defense lawyers this morning were blocked and denied access to the premises the court.

He adds that not only defense lawyers were blocked by Police but even litigants and witnesses.

Defense lawyer Mwiimbu says if there is any need for police to behave in such a manner, police must consult the judiciary.

He says the defense team prays that magistrate Malumani reiterates his position on how police must behave while at court.

Prosecutor Sakala tells magistrate that the issues raised by the defense team are not peculiar to the court adding that Police must continue with their work.

But Magistrate Greenwell Malumani has asked the State advocates who the senior officer was and issuing instructions to juniors?

State advocates says they do not know who is in charge and giving them instructions.

Meanwhile Magistrate Malumani has tasked the prosecution team led by Sakala and Mwewa to identify who is in charge of the Police and giving them instructions at the court premises.

He says the prosecutors and state advocates must state who is in charge and that after hearing from them he will give a ruling.

Magistrate Malumani further guides that if there is any defense lawyers who have been blocked outside, they may be phoned and state how safe they are.

State witness says he is not telling lies adding that he never went to HH’s house on that night but only pursued him on the same night.

And Magistrate Malumani asks further whether the allegations as stated by the defense lawyer PHIRI were true that he went to HH’s house?

State witness says he did not go there but pursued him.

And Magistrate Malumani says is the State witness implying that he was chasing HH?

And state witness says he followed HH but when asked by the defense lawyer Phiri on whether HH was driving for him to be pursued, state witness says he doesn’t know whether HH was driving.

Defense lawyer Phiri asks whether the state witness and his report that he was at HH’s house or not contrary to his reports?

State witness says he was not at HH’s house contrary to what he wrote in the report.

Defense Lawyer Phiri says according to the to the report by the State witness 4 others were arrested and asks where were they arrested from when he is the arresting officer?

State witness says at HH’s house but when asked as to who arrested them? State witness says other officers and not him.

Defense Lawyer Phiri asks that during the state witness’s perused of HH, was he with Mr Musamba Chime, Hamweene?

State witness says he was not with them but that he was with several officers and one of them is officer Mr Chirwa who he doesn’t know his first name but at police force headquarters.

State advocate rises and says they feel uncomfortable for the report on how HH was arrested to be produced in the court.

But Magistrate Greenwell Malumani says the court has the right to have the report if he is to make a judicial decision. He adds that the court has power to ask for any document especially when a witness is telling lies.

Magistrate Malumani says he has powers to make any decision without asking the defense team or state advocates on how matters proceeds but that he is a fair court.

Defense lawyer Phiri says seemingly the state witness is carrying a gun and that he is not comfortable.

But state witness says he too is not comfortable that the defense lawyer Phiri is saying he could be carrying a gun.

And defense lawyer Mwiimbu requests that the matter goes to the chambers momentarily.

Matters being taken to the Chambers and adjourned for 15 minutes as submitted by defense lawyer Mwiimbu.

And Magistrate Malumani says he is ready to conclude this matter but issues rising may prolong it.

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  1. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO HEAR SOME COMMENTS FROM PF IN SUPPORT OF THEIR ILL PREPARED ARREST OF HH AND THE SEEMINGLY DULL SHORT MEMORIED WITNESSES. LOL

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    • we are only interested in the judgement. lawyers do this all the time. more popcorn please

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    • HH should sue each of the policemen involved. 1 million kwacha each and donate it to poor people or those who mean to the country. Not corrupt evil police and intelligence officers.

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    • The most important thing you must all focus on is that HH is still behind bars.
      That has been the wish of Zambians, to bring sanity and order in the country – government is doing just that.

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    • Lungu should replace the prosecutor judges if they can fail to find what the majority of Zambians know is a straightforward guilty lead charge.

      This is basic judiciary that let’s be honest is indefensible.

      I have watched the video and HH refused to give way to the highest office in the country.

      I have just completed my PhD.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • @ Ka Munone
      Its been the wish of you ba kawalala to put HH behind bars.Its only HH who can bring sanity and order in this country.Continue your evil action but time will catch up with you ba kolwe ba pamafi chipanga party…

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    • The writer of the above article is seemingly BIASED. Even where things are sour for Hakainde, he has tried by all means to use SOOTHING vocabulary for the ears of Hichilema’s supporters. In the mean, lice is feeding nicely at Chimbokaila. So the State has got nothing to lose here and it is the UPND which is been chocked. Even if Hakainde was to be released today, there is nothing UPND should celebrate about because they have lost out on time and hidden internal cancers.

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    • @Munone, speak for yourself I’m Zambian and its not my wish to see abuse of the law to settle scores with perceived enemies. Humble Christian President..my foot

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    • Kuteka abantu maano te ku bomfya amaka.Leading people is by using wisdom and knowledge not muscles.PF is using muscles without using brains,forgeting that we are leaving in the 21st certuary were civilization and democracy rules the world.God we warship shall strike his finger of Fire,Lungu with his minions will scamper in all direction soon.

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    • Government employees are far too dull to stand trial, police officers even worse, Mbita need community service up to 1000hrs for perjury

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    • Well done LT~keep it up on bringing up genuine news today.

      Need I say much~for real, PF state witnesses bandits are being grilled like chickens, all round. PF thuggish PFolice & their slumber of embarrassing fake witnesses are being charcoal grilled in reverse.

      LT~ good for your realisations that PF bandits are really being roasted at all angles. Visionless Lungu & his violent PF bandits are pathological failures, uko!
      How much is mealie meal, fuel & electricity?
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • And those same state witnesses need to be checked. They are wearing HH’s pants they stole during the raid…silly and dull chaps!!

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    • Magistrate Greenwell Malumani asks what the level of education is for the State witness?
      State witness says he is a police officer but that he can’t state what he has studied as it may be taken as demeaning him.

      Really laughable…this Magistrate is being taken for a fooool the moment he throws one in the cells for the night for telling lies …all these witnesses will disappear!!

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    • Facts are that;
      1. HH insulted the police. Those who know his arrogance will agree
      2. His lawyers heard the insults and know hh insulted but trying to lie. This lie is allowed in earthly courts but will land them in hell soon. Jack Mwimbu has not disputed hearing the insults and who was being insulted
      3. The police witnesses are not well organized despite having been insulted, they cant prove it.
      4. The Magistrate is suspect as he keeps down dressing and threatening the witness and seemingly siding with the defense. This shows what judgement might come already.

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    • Waste of time and resources. Its a shame that even Lungu who is a lawyer himself can tolerate such nonsense.

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    • Wasting our time, no case for HH. Save your faces, and quit now. Stop harassing HH.
      This case is leading nowhere.

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    • Lawyers take turns in grilling witnesses. How come he has been found with a case to answer? The reason is that his lawyers presented incompetent and irrelevant arguments.

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  2. So sorry for the State Witnesses, in fact, this case should be “the Police vs HH and 5 others” not the State vs HH and 5 others, to have such ignorant people representing the state is a shame mwe. Muletusebanya imwe

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    • you don’t have to feel sorry for the state witnesses, even Chakolwa Kadansa Kamwendo Lungu is a failure…

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    • Now I understand why the police are so torturous of suspects, it has to do with satisfying the gap on self demeaning educational levels of which burning ire they have to take out on those that fall into their hands. The Ministry of Home Affairs must up its mode of restructuring, retraining and, recruitment! There seems to be too much ignorance in usage and wordings of the English language that leaves one embarrassed what kind of law enforcement officers the state relies on.

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    • Those same state witnesses need to be checked. They are wearing HH’s pants they stole during the raid…silly and dull chaps

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    • i now doubt the integrity of the state witnesses. i do not need to be a lawyer to tell that the so called state witnesses are dull including the ***** blogger MUSHOTA.

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    • How is being behind bars on fake charges on account of a paranoid insecure dictator embarrassing ?

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  3. WINANGU AZA KANA ZINA YAKE ATI:
    DEFENCE LAWYER MWEEEMBA: “GOOD MORNING WITNESS, IS YOUR NAME JUNZA NKOMEKI”
    STATE WITNESS: “GOOD MORNING, ERR ERR ERR NO, MY NAME IS ACTUALLY NKOMEKI JUNZA”
    DEFENCE LAWYER MWEEMBA: LOOK AT THIS DOCUMENT, IS THIS YOUR WRITING AND IS THIS YOUR NAME?
    STATE WITNESS: ERR ERR, YESS…..NO….AH ITS NOT FAIR TO ASK ME IN FRONT OF PEOPLE, I DONT KNOW IF IT IS MY NAME………YABA, NICE ZAMBIAN MOVIE FEATURING BUJU….BETTER THAN NIGERIA NOLLYWOOD

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  4. Circus at our doorsteps!

    The State witnesses or should I say ‘State witnesses performers’ are putting on diverse entertainment court shows.

    This treason case has brought under the spotlight the police officer training course. How can a law enforcement agent who has undergone a rigorous training programme act and respond like this dullard?

    We need a police training programme designed to ensure that police officers have all the skills and abilities required to become outstanding and knowledgeable police officers.

    Anyway, what do you expect when you have Lungu in State House?

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    • Six months training ati ndiwe buju? Disband Buju and let them all re-apply and undergo retraining. They are operating at a very low level. Increase the training period to 2 years minimum! How does the arresting officer fail to explain the procedure for effecting an arrest? Shame! It is clear buju used emotion than reason! They forgot they’ll be the ones in the line of fire. It is not good to allow yourself to be abused to do dirty work! Witness wa buffi is an abomination!

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    • The laughable treason and other 2 court cases clearly show that Lungu was not prepared to see HH in court. Lungu had planned to kill HH at night using his PFolice dogs. HH escaping death was not planned for. That’s why the court cases are so unconvincing, so trivial even (was it not for the fact that Lungu is still trying to kill HH using legal means now) .

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  5. OH WHAT A TANGLE WEB WE WEAVE. WHEN WE FIRST BEGIN TO DECEIVE. GETTING TWISTED IN THEIR OWN LIES. WHO ARE THEY SHIELDING? MUMBI? KAMPYONGO? CHAMA? LUNGU? WHO IS THIS PERSON THAT THEY ARE AFRAID TO DISCLOSE?MUST BE KEIZER THE ELIMINATOR.

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  6. BID, an impartial judiciary can attend to more pressing national issues than hear an embarrassment of lies that demean any institutionalised governance system.

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  7. This is just some ploy to purnish HH. Being incarcerated is not something you include in your CV. There is no compensation after release from jail for lost earnings and personal injury. This is brutality at its best.

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  8. These masquerades are a full bunch of hyenas without any direction, and respect for law and order. They are mere drop outs, displaying allegiance to to illegalities and fraudulence. Their day of reckoning is soon to come.

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  9. HH to sue for libel and could cripple the whole country’s economy because of few greedy people in Pf. HH may demand above K100b for deformation of character and other litigations minewhile its the Zambian poor who is going to suffer more.

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  10. hh will be free soon,the state and police have no evidence and the officers who arrested him nothing to tell the court.

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    • Not likely. A straightforward quashing of the cases will be too embarrassing for Lungu. He will instead organise senseless convictions from the High Court, just like he got the ConCourt to discredit itself.

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    • Not likely. A straightforward quashing of the cases will be too embarrassing for Lungu. He will instead organise convictions from the High Court, just like he got the ConCourt to discredit itself.

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  11. this is proof that our Police is slowly but surely dying professional wise. surely this is embarrassing for all Zambians including the President. how can you have police officers answering like this. I mean even if they are lying, they can do it in a more coherent way than this.

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    • The police witnesses were being coached by the state persecutors (pun intended) in court and the Magistrate had to complain about that. Check News Diggers on FB.

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  12. Lungu wamufimbila he is not fit to be a leader. How can the President have advisers like Mumbi prostitute, Kaizer Kabolala, cursed Frank Bwalya ex fake priest, Amos Chanda fake journalist and Kapyongo criminal who wanted to bring down the helicopter in Shiwangadu? OP no clue of what they are doing. Shame on you.

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  13. This is justice at play, let the courts decide.
    UPND seems to be doing well so far and you can see comments above.
    However, when time comes for boma to shine do not insult Judges and claim they are working under instructions.
    Mean while HH is still behind bars – that’s what is important. The longer he is kept there the better infact.

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    • @Munone or munyinyi
      I feel sorry for people like you. If you find what is going on in Zambia as normal, then you are next to an animal. It is not an accident that you are closer to a human being. How can you celebrate when the so called government suppresses people, and put them in detention for no reason? What a brainless person are you? Next time you will start kissing people backs.

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  14. @Munone
    What we are witnessing are lessons especially to you PF blind supporters, that, in whatever you do there are consequences ! And this is what the world is watching .

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  15. The main meat of the matter is yet to come, basically its the defence team that must be worried because they seem not to know what to ask.
    A wrong question gets a wrong answer. I see Ichilema convicted wait.

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  16. Wapaya mwana wa bene “Teyina bwana nalifye kateka”i only commanded as chief commander of the Government of Lungu.Ok tiye uzakambila kusogolo ku ICC.Kuti bwana tiye ku Switzerland.lol lol Lungu time is coming for you.Table will turn soon.

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  17. I feel pity for the so called state prosecutor – looks like he is as intelligent as his witnesses. If this was a comedy it would have been hilarious, but for the fact that HH and others are behind bars makes one wonder what the state is up to.

    The arresting officer sounds like he has never seen the inside of a classroom. its so sad to see how he is being used by his superiors. He will live to regret this.

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  18. I see PF and lungu banning the media and other supporters from the courts in case questioning HH gives him a platform which paranoid lungu will not like…

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  19. THE STATE MAY BERING ON 300 WITNESSES ALL WITH CONFLICTING AND CONTRADICTING STATEMENTS. THIS WILL TAKE TWO YEARS TO CONCLUDE AS THE SUSPECT REMAINS IN CHIMBOKAILA. BRING IT ON PLEASE.

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  20. This is trial is exposing Zambia very badly to the outside World. These State Advocates are embarassing Lungu and his govt. Clearly the State Witnesses are ill prepared and ill qualified becoz these Charges are all trumped up and were Never fully Investigated. It looks like the Prosecuting Team does not know the Law and Court procedures. The Defence Team is pounding the law making State Witnesses look like Kindergarten Lawyers. They are relishing making these Prosecutors look foolish. PF Cadreism and understanding law are two different things. Ignorance of the law is No Defence.

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  21. The question and answer question is always entertaining in our courts. Some questions have nothing to do with the case at hand but meant to confusion the witnesses. For example what level of education is meant to put off the witness, and does not add to the defense though may disorient the witness. Examination in Chief will allay some of the questions. The final verdict is always shocking as people get the excitement! LT please provide verbatim reports and not edited ones.

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  22. All the cases will not go anywhere. The whole idea was just to punish HH by putting him in remand for more than 30 days.

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  23. If only we can have more Magistrates like Magistrate Greenwell Malumani……………….What a good country we are blessed with.

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  24. THE STATE CAN ONLY BRING MAXIMUM 11 STATE WITNESSES, IT SEEMS KACHEMA HH WILL BE AQUITTED, IF HE COMES OUT AND MAKES MAWALA AGAIN NO TIME WASTING STRAIGHT CHIMBOKAILA, WITH HIS WIFE MUTINTA MAZOOKA SO THEY CAN CONCEIVE AND CONJUGATE WELL IN PRISON

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  25. If you have stood in the dock, u will understand thats its too early to know how this case will proceed. People with so called PhDs have already provided judgement despite trained magistrate doing due diligence. The law will take its course.

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  26. OK, state witness is in a mess. How can an officer refuse to answer a question. This question is critical to the defense of HH. HH is facing prison or death and he wants his evidence to be taken at face value? How can you not know who instructed you or how the instruction was given? how can you professionally say that you effected an arrest without any investigation or physical evidence? I knew that the defense would rip the state a new orifice!

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    • Is this not obstruction of justice. This is the time for the magistrate to inform the state to either have the witnesses fully answer the questions or have their evidence tossed out. You don’t just say crap about your opponent and then refuse to answer when questioned.
      This is real contempt of court.
      I bet the Police officer has grade 7 and cannot read properly.

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  27. Time to keep him in incerceration has expired , he needs to go home and enjoy his family , HH was on political holiday all I didnt know is how politicians are so stupid with the law which they want us to repect. His is not the only one whom it has caught with the same law put KK in mukobeko, made chuluba die early made Banda spendsleepless nightnights in his retirement.

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  28. It is my considered view that Edgar weighs in before his government is further embarrassed. Because at the end of the day the world won’t remember who ever this state witness is but will remember the legacy of Mr Lung . I feel sorry for the state witness who is almost risking being jailed for being an ***** on behalf of the PF
    government.

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  29. Bamushota talalenifye, elyo mwafuma mukunyengwa. Sumunenifye amalume mumatako. We fontini we.

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  30. I don’t care if ka HH’s body gets decomposed in prison. I have other important relative who have been spending their days in jail for a Long time.

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  31. Thanks LT…quite an objective posting…well it is what it is….it is quite hard/impossible to sustain a malicious lie and even worse, a tribal hatred campaign. History will finally record, that for the first time after many many years, the one Zambia one nation slogan will come to pass as President Hakainde Hichilema leads us, once again, back to the democratic ideals we had gained in 1991. Meanwhile, its Forward chabe!

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  32. This is pure nonsense, and it is showing hatrage, why a so called a state witness can answer the matter with confidence, because the so called nation(pf) is behind him, and based on my observation advocate Sakala is also behind HH arrestal, the way he responds can tell, its more like he is backing ? the state witness who is totally tabularasa black CD. And we go,”Zambia a Christian nation”

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  33. That “Intelligence Officer” has got quite some taste for attire. That now ‘famous suit ‘ would certainly give him some grand entry into one of those Nollywood movies, but into a Court room of all places! What a bunch of jokers playing with one’s life.

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  34. This is noses why the states putting their head on one party, no wada this country will never develop.

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