CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
A WITNESS yesterday told the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court that he apprehended four United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters
because of their suspicious actions at the time that the country was experiencing acts of sabotage on public properties.
Remmy Mukoba, Kelvin Mupulisa, Fabian Lubona and Martin Muchindu are charged with two counts of being in possession of offensive weapons.
When the case came up before magistrate Sylvia Munyinya, Zambia Correctional Service officer Andrew Mbewe said the country was experiencing acts of sabotage on public property following the incarceration of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Mbewe said the four were apprehended after their vehicles were searched and items such as potassium permanganate, a bow and arrow were discovered.
He said the quartet had been driving up and down along Paul Banda Road where the Lusaka Central Prison is situated and that one of the passengers threw something in a nearby makeshift shop.
Mr Mbewe said after the four were stopped and searched, Correctional Service superiors were informed and that the four were later taken to Police headquarters for questioning.
He said the vehicle was further searched and that a bottle of glycerine and grease was found.
It is alleged that the four, on April 25, 2017, in Lusaka, had in their possession offensive weapons.
These were a bow and three arrows, two plastics of potassium permanganate and one plastic bottle of glycerine.