Lusaka Principal Resident Magistrate David Simusamba this morning committed opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and five others to the High Court for trial.
When the case was came up this morning, the state informed the court that the matter was coming up for commital to the High Court.
Magistrate Simusamba committed UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and five others to the Lusaka High Court for trial in the offense of treason contrary to section 43 (cap 1) (d) of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Magistrate Simusamba said that this was in accordance with the Director of Public prosecution’s committal certificate.
Mr. Hichilema was arrested on 10th April, 2017 on grounds that he wanted to usurp state power with five others.
This means that within 30 days after filing in the matter in the high court, the date shall be set for trial.
During this period Mr. Hichilema and the five others will remain in remand prison.
Particulars of the offense being Hakainde Hichilema, Hamusonde Hamaleka, Pretorious Haloba, Lastone Mulinduba, Wallance Chakawa and Muleya Hachinda between the 5th day of April 2017 and the 8th day of April 2017 at Lusaka and Mongu of the Lusaka and Western province respectively jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did endevour to carry out by force an enterprise to usurp the executive power of the state in a matter of both public and general nature.
And in the letter of committal, State Advocate Miriam Mutebi on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutor has certified that this is a proper case for trial by the High Court.
Magistrate Simusamba then committed the accused persons to the High Court for trial because the defense did not object.
Meanwhile, there was drama this morning at the Lusaka Magistrate Court when UPND Vice President Geofrey Mwamba was leaving the court hearing after word went round that police were planning to nab him.
In a movie like scene, Mr Mwamba had to be rescued by four UPND cadres when police attempted to arrest him.
He was quickly helped into the vehicle belonging to Dr Nevers Mumba which sped off.