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Burning campaign materials case fails to commence

From CHALI MULENGA in Livingstone
The trial of five United Party for National Development (UPND) members who are alleged to have burnt Patriotic Front chitenge materials during  the by-election campaigns in 2012 failed to commence in the Livingstone magistrate court.
Appearing before Livingstone magistrate Adsen Shanduba was Livingstone UPND campaign spokesperson Neto Halwabala, 37, Livingstone mayor Milford Maambo, 43, Kasoka Kakoma, 42, Walter Ng’andu, 64, and Namakau Mwiiya, 19, who are charged with one count of malicious damage to property.
It is alleged that on June 4, 2012, in Simoonga ward, the five accused UPND members and other unknown people allegedly burnt 200 chitenge materials valued at K2.500.
Magistrate Shanduba adjourned the case to September 22 for fixing the trial date.
And in another courtroom, the case of arson in which a man of Malota compound in Livingstone set his girlfriend’s house on fire was discontinued.
Before Livingstone resident magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala was Josphat Manase Kachingwe, 42, of house number B56 Burton compound in Livingstone, charged with arson.
It is alleged that on April 6 this year in Livingstone, Kachingwe set fire to the house of Mauzeni and destroyed property valued at K7, 280.00.
The case was discontinued after the state  made an application to have it dropped.

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