FILE: UPND president Hakainde Hichilema

UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and his five co-accused have pleaded not guilty to the charge of treason.

Mr Hichilema this morning appeared in the Lusaka High Court for plea.

He said he understood the charge, but that he was not guilty.

“I strongly deny the charge”, said Mr Hichilema as the other accused also denied the charge.

The High Court has since set Wednesday August 16, 2017 as date of commencement of trial, while the accused persons remain in custody.

The state has indicated that it will bring eight witnesses.

The Director of Public Prosecutions applied to amend the indictment from in “Lusaka Province and Mongu” to “Lusaka Province and Western Province”, and the court granted it as there was no objection from the defence.

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    • The PFourts are always delaying justice by their unjust adjournments. As long its a case to deal with the opposition, visionless Jonathan Lungu’s PFourts & PFudges will always yap that~”adjourned” to a different day & again it will be “adjourn”!

      Just release HH & others~ the international community is ardently watching all the persecutions of innocent people by PF bandits.

      Shame on PF’s so called~Adjournment Courts.

      Free Hero of Households~HH NOW!

      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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    • Eye witnesses to a treason charge, Means they saw him trying to oner throw the govnmt, Hahaha, Let us Waite and see.

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    • i wish you well HH and hope the law will take it’s course by either letting you walk to freedom or Locked up for live. Either way is good for me.

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    • P I hope the time he has spent behind bars will help him understand the prison conditions better so that he helps improve the conditions in prison in case he gets elected.

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    • WASTE OF TIME, These Judges are questionable I have never seen such nonsense. They are compromised. Clear sign of incompetence. They should all be fired / resign as they are not serious. WITNESSES? Big lies just not to prove the international media right. HH was supposed to be out today.

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    • How many bursaries for UNZA kids would govt have paid instead of persecuting HH. How many elderly people would have received monthly allowances from social welfare….the cost of the ego trial is in millions of kwacha. Did God deny us gray matter?

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    • Here we go, another 6 months.
      This was Nolle Prose today, but the Reuters and their
      Commonwealth Scotland show-off made Edgar Lungu change his mind.

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    • @The Skeleton Key
      It is normal sir. My simple case in the High Court took 2 years. There were less than 10 court sittings over that period. After that, a hefty legal bill.

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    • Ba Tokotoko what is the problem with you Zambian men? Every woman has to be called a prostitute? Its a new century we should move away from male chauvinism

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  1. Guilty as charged Bwana HH…meanwhile his brother Odinga in Kenya is still inciting.These two fake messiahs gotta know you’re not bigger than public interests.

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    • I would rather it was resolved by trial not by nolle prosequi! The nolle is unstable, you can be taken for trial again at the whim of the compromised DPP. A clean acquittal is required!

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    • @angel that’s my take. ..suppose HH is guilty as hell and you let him off Scott free and he starts misbehaving how do you handle the situation ? Or he’s innocent how does he clear his name?

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    • @Ndanje Khakis, I agree although the guilty part is not really possible unless the state has other evidence that has nothing to do with the Mongu incident. But yes, HH and company need to be cleared through a trial so that they can continue being an effective opposition in the country.

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  2. I would like to wholeheartedly endorse HH for President in 2021. No amount of scheming by evil doers will stop you HH. As a PF member, it is clear that my party will lose the 2021 general elections. The PF – MMD alliance has be tried and found wanting. Since the formation of this alliance Zambia’s peace has become unstable, unemployment is on the increase, agriculture is on the decline and corruption has increased. I would like to urge all PF members who have been sidelined by the PF – MMD alliance to not worry but simply join the UPND as this is now the party of choice. The PF boat is sinking and has no direction. HH needs to concentrate on mass mobilisation in Lusaka, Copperbelt, Northern and Luapula, 2021 is yours for the taking!!!

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  3. Well, I like the way Zambia does things. So the mighty Reuters got it wrong after spreading all that information to all reputable news media that Under 5 will walk today.

    I guess they don’t call it Zambia for nothing

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  4. Nolle is still a possibility, but as to when it should be exercised, it is up to the DPP and, possibly, rules of the court.

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    • NO, NO, NO HE IS JUST STOPPING YOU FROM THIS CORRUPTION EPIDEMIC OF RIGGING. IF IT WERE IN BUSINESS OF FOOTBALL OR OTHER SPORTS YOU WILL HAVE BEEN BANNED. WHERE DO YOU EVEN GET THE COURAGE OF ASSUMING WE ARE ALL STUPID?

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  5. I wrote about fake Reuter news,he can’t walk away like that on charge of treason a stone should be felt on his toes..

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  6. The problem of saying if I am not there no one will manage the party is slowly killing UPND, we have seen stronger opposition Leaders in the make of Mazoka, Nkumbula Jnr. may there souls RIP. These two Leaders were just loved by people in Zambia but their demise made them not to enter into the books of former Leaders of Zambia. You can’t false a horse to drink water, if it doesn’t want no matter how clear the water maybe it will still refuse. HH is busy trying to rule Zambia all in the name of been loved by the Zambians, he has surrounded himself that the Zambian people loves him so much such that he can rule the nation.
    Politics is like the examinations, one can continue failing even by one mark and no one will say he is close to be a qualifier. They will continue regarding him as a…

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    • HH HAS GIVEN YOU A RUN FOR YOUR MONEY, GUESS WHAT HE IS BETTER PREPARED TO LEAD THAN EVER. AND HIS INTERNATIONAL PROFILE HAS BEEN ELEVATED.

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  7. @enka: You need deliverance. Be a godly person please what is on some one else, can also be on you. Be patient.

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  8. Justice delayed is JUSTICE DENIED!

    But what goes around, comes around. Lungu and his gang of thieves have set a precedent, so he must not complain when the legal system is abused to settle scores with him.

    The time will come.

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  9. The nolle news yesterday was not from Reuters but Larry Mweetwa(propaganda) as usual!!i just wonder why upnd keep on deceiving their supporters.many people in 3.5 provinces were exciting and believed lied that HH will be out today.
    If upnd keep on spreading lies,their HH may spend another 4 months in jail if not more!!
    HOWEVER,I WISH HIM WELL FOR THE SAKE OF DEMOCRACY AND HOPE HE WILL COME OUT WITHIN FEW DAYS!!plus HH must allow GBM to act as upnd president in his absence-if he is not a dictator!!

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  10. Today it’s HH tomorrow it will be…….In Bemba they say,Akantanshi takalisha akalekelesha….. In Nyanja Chaona muzako chapita mawa chilipaliwe.

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  11. Its nice to be a thorn in Jonathans flesh …. he and his PF minions want to treat this country like their Backyard as Saviour suggested. They want to drink and dine unabated without stress. Thanks HH for at least even giving them the slightest discomfort. The horror is that most Zedians will see these guys amass wealth without even asking very basic questions like e.g. How come Kalaba now owns a Range Rover that just a few years ago he couldn’t afford before he joined govt?? How much is it ?? We take such things lightly and yet the horror of our public hospitals is unimaginable. AFRICA

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  12. The spread of false news will definitely ruin our planet. The impasse in Kenya is as a result of news sources issuing lies to unsuspecting minds who unfortunately relish begativities.

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  13. Its good that the Trial has started in earnest and HH and the Co-accused have a chance to clear their names. Lets hope the 8 State Witnesses will take a Stand and be Cross Examined by the UPND Lawyers. The DPP has not rushed to enter a Nolle Prosqui to give the Trial a semblance of decency. As soon as the State Witnesses run into some difficulties during Cross Examination expect the DPP to enter a Nolle Prosqui. We cant wait for drama on Wednesday.

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  14. As the biblical adage goes, and quote, “Good begets good; evil begets evil”. No matter what the offence ever was, there is virtually no need to slap someone who allegedly committed a road traffic offence with an unbailable treason charge. No need at all! These wicked chickens Chagwa is sending out to roost shall sooner than later come back to bit him in the backside where it never shines and stinks badly!

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  15. There was so much hype before this appearance and some of us feared they could do another adjournment. What about Mumbi Phiri`s ranting that there would be no release of HH mwamona nomba.

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  16. I wonder who these people the state is calling as witnesses are because hey will only be exposed to ridicule! Wven that girl the DPP, does she really appreciate the scale of embarrassment that awaits her for taking such ‘masalamusi” before the High Court! The tragic thing though is that very innocent men have been incarcerated for months in wicked jails for doing no wrong at all, its such a traverse to justice especially for HH that Lungu knows only too well won the last polls but was cheated of victory in broad day light.

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    • THE DPP AND ECL CANNOT BE EMBARRASSED ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THE TRIAL. THE ONE WHO HAS BEEN EMBARRASSED IS THAT ONE WHO WAS CLAIMING TO HAVE WON THE ELECTIONS ONLY TO END UP LOCKED IN CHIMBOKAILA AND MUKOBEKO PRISONS THAT STINK WITH FAECES.

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    • @Mwansa Mulenga, reserve your rantings until the state witnesses have testified. Who knows the amount of evidence these witnesses will bring to court. They could even be people who are very close to HH and they have inside information. Don’t be surprised to see other top ranking UPND picked for the same offense. The state can not proceed with the case if they don’t have a strong case to prove. Someone will die out of shock. Let the game begin.

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  17. “Where ignorance is at bliss it is folly to be wise” so goes the adage. However I Sometimes enjoy how people like to share ignorance on this blog.

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    • Any utterance out of ignorance is a cry for help; implicitly a desire to learn. Not wanting to sound the odd one out, you would rather enjoy the show, musing over the blind leading the blind, eventually both falling into a ditch! Such a heart is not where wisdom resides.

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    • Found the adage somewhat troublesome, checked for the meaning on Dictionary.com: “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise;” meaning “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” For example, She decided not to read the critics’ reviews—ignorance is bliss. Although its truth may be dubious at best, this idea has been expressed since ancient times. The actual wording, however, comes from Thomas Gray’s poem, “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” (1742).

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  18. Africa is a place of Paradoxes the former Minister of Oil and gas in Nigeria is facing repossession of assets in tens of millions of Dollars. Yet their President cannot even be treated in their country due to poor hospital standards? This is not uncommon if you think my previous comment on questioning how politicians amass so much wealth at the expense of the rest of us is bad … then u really need to re-examine yourself. Unless you are a minister enjoying the new Range Rovers. Even as you drive around in the poverty in Lusaka in your air conditioned luxurious vehicles from ill gotten monies have some sense of morality and Stop the rot … that vehicle represents the number of people you have killed that couldn’t access basic meds

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    • Home Africanus requires a second phyiscal recolonization. It was a mistake on the colonial powers to have been hasty in granting these tribesmen self rule. They are quick to condemn the colonial powers yet can not do without the same. They have no confidence in their systems of education, health, entertainment and whatnot. When they fall ill where do they go? Where do they send their children for school?Where do they run to when they need money to run government? Where do they go for holidays? The systems in the west were not built through wishfull thinking and frivolous effort, they were built though deliberate intention driven by a serious desire to transcend the conditions that limit humanity from aspiring for higher ideals and the enjoyment of the same ideals. Not so for Homo…

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  19. Cant Wait For Wednesday’s Drama. How About Gilbert Phiri? Wats The Stance?
    Why Limiting Defence Lawyers While Increasing State Witnesses From 3 To 8?
    Zambian Judiciary Is A Joke!!!

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    • Neither do we care whether you live or die…scratch that, we care that you are alive and depleting resources. Please, kill yourself and give room for more worthy people to live.

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    • Homo Africanus can not be left to his own schemes. He needs someone to tell him how systems work. He needs to be guided to transcend the self imposed boundaries of kleptomania, egotism, nepotism, and other nefarious “isms” that prevent him from being egalitarian in his dealings with his fellows.

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    • With due respect everyone is entitled to their opinions but outright disregard for humanity in any measure must not be condoned. You should also take into account the effect of such colonisation from the Indigenous Australian perspective. The history of Australia is a bad call mate.

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  20. My dream will come to pass.Remember earlier in May I said HH will not be released by Lungu or court,but the hand of God who will strike at right time.The triumph of HH will be the down fall of Lungu.Let those with spiritual eyes advice Lungu to release HH when there is still time.

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  21. #!.2, at @Skeletons in your cupboard, these cases take long! See the previous cases and you will know and learn. Perhaps the guy will learn and all his supporters not to ever take matters in their own hands.

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  22. @# 26, SIDO MARK: “The triumph of HH will be the downfall of Lungu?” You guys seem to be delusional! It amazes me to see how much ignorance and wrong beliefs the Under Five team and his supporters hold! Spiritual eyes? Is this from SDA department?

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  23. CK was right! ECL and company are mean-spirited individuals who can never be ashamed and let go of a triviality. One thing we can appreciate is that this fiasco has exposed the evil of those humble chaps persecuting innocent citizens and the rot in our Judiciary. Very Sad!

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  24. HH could have done well to accept the charge and ask for forgiveness.

    He won’t win this case because of videos.

    No lawyer can defend HH on this case.

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    • You are not qualified to give anyone advice on legal matters Mr. DJ7. Stop showing your ignorance on a public forum.

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    • U are 100% wrong Angel and this is the reason u are were u are, because u can’t survive in Africa. Continue bathing old white people for $1.

      U have no right to check on my credentials and I don’t even show off because I know what I have.

      H H will be found guilty soon. Now go jump into the ocean and swim with sharks.

      Thanks

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    • Ha ha ha, Mr. DJ7, you are a funny man. Free advice my fellow citizen, please try to reason before uttering unhelpful comments. See the big picture and let your words be full of grace and seasoned with love. Hating another citizen for no apparent reason is crazy. We all know that the charge of treason is so far from the “crime” that it is laughable. Yet, people like you are saying there is something there…really? DJ7, my man, show some humanity and call a wrong a wrong even if it’s your favorite party that has committed it!

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  25. HH is an x-convict has long as he has stepped a foot in mukobeko and he is on legal books even if he is set free…..TODAY.

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  26. But LT you seem not to like underfive, I mean the picture of underfive that you have shown clearly reveals a face that simply cannot entrusted with Presidency….he is not exactly handsome is he? Worse still, the UPNDonkeys would have to spend twenty years training him to smile before presenting him to the electorate.

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    • Ummmm…were you abused as a child iwe chi Terrible? Why all this hate for HH, a fellow citizen? You are already a murderer in your heart. The next step will be to find you and jail you before you actually commit the crime! Shetani iwe, Sha!

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  27. BA DJ7 ,HOW OFTEN DO YOU DEBATE ON PUBLIC ?IF NOT STAY AWAY LEAVE IT TO THOSE WHO SEE THINGS THE WAY THEY COME .THE PROCEDURE IS TO KNW WHY THE DETENTION BECAUSE HE IS NOT AWARE OF THE ARREST.HOW I WISH YOU DID ECONOMICS YOU WILL REALIZE THAT THEY IS ABIT OF SOME LAW SO THAT MAKES HIM ON A BETTER SIDE OF THE SCENERIO.

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  28. I cant wait for Wednesday to see the State parading the 8 State Witnesses. If the State Witnesses fail to come to Court then the DPP will have no choice but to drop the charges thru a Nolle Prosqui. Which sane State Witness will come to Court to be grilled for No cause?

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  29. HH is very st,upi and fu of idi,otic acts, just take him back to mukobeko and forget that he exists.

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  30. Zambian Eagle
    BREAKING NEWS
    GBM ACQUITTED BY THE KITWE MAGISTRATE COURT
    UPND Vice-President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba popularly known as GBM has this morning been acquitted on all accounts, in the Kitwe Magistrate court.
    GBM was arrested at the height of elections last year on fake charges of slapping a street vendor and damaging property worth K500.

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  31. Am surprised this useless activity has continued. Who misled the bosses that HH is a factor in Zambian politics? Are we not embarrassing ourselves. A situation where there is nothing to discuss even lawyers are teaming to discuss. What are u going to table? Kkkkk. So lawyers in Zambia have nothing to do or they are doing their PHDs programme and this is one drafted assignment, just assignment and not real. Let us go farming and close courts!

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