Court Upholds Treason Charges Against Opposition Leader

[Deutsche Welle] A bid by lawyers to have treason charges against Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema dropped has been rejected by a Lusaka court. Hichilema is accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

[Deutsche Welle] A bid by lawyers to have treason charges against Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema dropped has been rejected by a Lusaka court. Hichilema is accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

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Former Boxer Chingangu Gets 6 Months for Housebreaking

Former heavyweight boxer Joseph ‘No Pressure’ Chingangu has been sentenced to six months imprisonment after being found guilty of house breaking. Chingangu has been at variance with the law and last year infamously got beaten by University of Zambia students … Continued

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Former heavyweight boxer Joseph ‘No Pressure’ Chingangu has been sentenced to six months imprisonment after being found guilty of house breaking. Chingangu has been at variance with the law and last year infamously got beaten by University of Zambia students after being caught trying to steal laptops. Magistrate Greenwell Malumani convicted Chingangu on the face of irrefutable evidence of having broken into the house of Joseph Lupenga on March 19, 2017. The boxer who once fought world faced Vladmir Klitchko at the peak of his powers offered to defence for the charge and opted to remain silent. The post Former Boxer Chingangu Gets 6 Months for Housebreaking appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Magistrate Simusamba Aborts Court After Hichilema Supporters Call Him Cadre

Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s hope to see the outside world has suffered a major blow this morning after a furious magistrate David Simusamba abruptly adjourned the matter to next week Thursday. Simusamba reacted angrily to murmurs “Cadre! Cadre! Cadre!” by … Continued

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Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s hope to see the outside world has suffered a major blow this morning after a furious magistrate David Simusamba abruptly adjourned the matter to next week Thursday. Simusamba reacted angrily to murmurs “Cadre! Cadre! Cadre!” by suspected UPND supporters in the gallery. The magistrate has instead punished Hichilema for the ‘sins’ of his supporters. By next week, Hichilema would be heading towards a month behind bars for a non-bailable offence. The opposition leader was arrested three weeks ago and is charged with treason among other offences. The post Magistrate Simusamba Aborts Court After Hichilema Supporters Call Him Cadre appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Arrives At Court; Chiefs Mukuni & Hamusonde In The Gallery

A high-powered delegation of traditional leaders from Southern Province have arrived at the Magistrate Court in Lusaka to render solidarity to incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. The traditional leaders from Southern Province are Chief Mukuni and Chief Hamusonde who have … Continued

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A high-powered delegation of traditional leaders from Southern Province have arrived at the Magistrate Court in Lusaka to render solidarity to incarcerated opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. The traditional leaders from Southern Province are Chief Mukuni and Chief Hamusonde who have taken position in court. In the introduction to court, prosecutors announced another set of team members that had joined them in prosecuting the case. Hichilema arrived 45 minutes ago to take up his position in the dock where fresh charges were slapped on him after another magistrate dismissed the charge sheet of treason as incompetent yesterday. David Simusamba has taken over the matter from Greenwell Malumani but defence lawyers still insists that the matter be referred to the High Court. As Simusamba walked into court, UPND sympathisers audibly murmured “cadre! cadre! cadre” in reference to a rather innocent posts on Facebook he published last year announcing winner of the presidential election won by President Edgar Lungu. There is tight security at court with state operatives reportedly threatening UPND members with smartphones that they risked having them confiscated. The post Hichilema Arrives At Court; Chiefs Mukuni & Hamusonde In The Gallery appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Brace For Biting Cold Season, Zambians Urged

Zambians should brace for harsh cold season, says Professor Joseph Kanyanga from the Zambia Meteorological Department. He says Zambia has not been spared from global warming which has influenced climatic change which is likely to affect the agriculture sector. Meanwhile, … Continued

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Zambians should brace for harsh cold season, says Professor Joseph Kanyanga from the Zambia Meteorological Department. He says Zambia has not been spared from global warming which has influenced climatic change which is likely to affect the agriculture sector. Meanwhile, Ministry of health spokesperson Dr Kennedy Malama has cautioned members of the public to take primary health care in order to avoid diseases that come with the season. The post Brace For Biting Cold Season, Zambians Urged appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Hichilema Treason Charge Incompetent – Magistrate

The treason charge against UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has been referred to the High Court as the magistrate court has no powers to quash such an indictment. Magistrate Greenwell Malumani lashed out at the prosecution team labelling the treason charge … Continued

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The treason charge against UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has been referred to the High Court as the magistrate court has no powers to quash such an indictment. Magistrate Greenwell Malumani lashed out at the prosecution team labelling the treason charge incompetent as it lacked specifics on the planned overt action to overthrow the government. Malumani ruled that the state failed to show any overt act that Hichilema and his co-accused were involved in to try and overthrow the government. He also scolded the prosecution team for having erroneously stated that it was the government of President Edgar Lungu rightly pointing out that it was the Government of the Republic of Zambia. Magistrate Malumani however said that the magistrate court had no jurisdiction to quash a treason charge and therefore referred it to the High Court Meanwhile the state stuck to their treason mantra amending their indictment stating that the opposition leader wanted to declare himself President of the Republic of Zambia at the Kuomboka Ceremony in Mongu. The court allowed the prosecution team to submit an amended indictment that will be heard by the High Court. The magistrate court separated the treason charge from other charges that include obstructing the presidential motorcade and using insulting language. Hichilema has pleaded not guilty to the indictments that will be dealt by the subordinate court with the treason charge headed to the High Court. According to the fresh indictment, the overt acts added are as follows that on April 5, 2017 Hichilema together with others conspired to mobilise an advance party to ensure that he was to be accorded the status of President of the republic of Zambia at the Kuomboka Ceremony in Mongu. They also allege that on April, 8, 2017 Hichilema and 60 other unknown people endangered the life of President Edgar Lungu by driving side by side on the Mongu Limulunga road. The post Hichilema Treason Charge Incompetent – Magistrate appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Police Arrest 4 UPND Youth Leaders In “Political Fire” Investigations

Police in Lusaka has arrested three UPND youth leaders linked to a spate of fire that has griped the country in the wake of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s arrest. Those arrested are Remmy Mukuba, aged 35 of Kamwala South who … Continued

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Police in Lusaka has arrested three UPND youth leaders linked to a spate of fire that has griped the country in the wake of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema’s arrest. Those arrested are Remmy Mukuba, aged 35 of Kamwala South who is UPND Provincial Youth Vice Treasurer, Fabian Mwanza Lubona, aged 23, of Kanyama compound, Martin Muchindu,35 of Chilulu Garden, a UPND Youth Provincial Trustee for Lusaka Province, Kelvin Mwansa Mupulisa, 30 of Makeni Villa who is UPND Information Publicity Secretary for Ward 10, Kanyama Constituency. Buildings in Zambia have recently been set on fire in politically motivated action following the arrest of Hichilema who is charged with treason and remanded in custody. BELOW ARE THE DETAILS FROM POLICE IN CONNECTION TO THOSE ARRESTED POLICE SAY THEY HAVE ARRESTED PEOPLE IN LUSAKA FOR BEING IN POSSESSION OF THE FOLLOWING. One bow and three arrows; Two brown plastic bottles of potassium permanganate; A small paper containing some black powder; Four (4) rechargeable batteries; One (1) mega phone; Three (3) empty grain bags; One (1) chitenge material for Patriotic Front; One (1) blue 5 litre empty container smelling petrol; Eight (8) small paper flags for the United Party for National Development; A bottle of Glycerine, Two paper tubes and some match sticks. They are currently detained in police custody and investigations are still underway. You may wish to note that a combination of some of the substances found on these suspects can cause an instant explosion or fire Meanwhile, we have apprehended a male person identified as Geofrey Lumingu aged 34 of Garden House for conspiring with other persons via social media to incite violence. In his posting, the accused person incited other persons to recruit people with military training or any other persons to begin capturing senior government officials and Patriotic Front officials. He has been charged with seditious Practices contrary to section 51(1)(a) and section 60 (1) (i) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia. He is currently detained in Police custody and will appear in. The arrested are: ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER The post Police Arrest 4 UPND Youth Leaders In “Political Fire” Investigations appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Politician Mumba Attacks Bishop Banda

[Zambia Reports] MMD faction leader Nevers Mumba launched a scurrilous attack of some of the most recognizable men of the cloth for not sharing his political opinion.

[Zambia Reports] MMD faction leader Nevers Mumba launched a scurrilous attack of some of the most recognizable men of the cloth for not sharing his political opinion.

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