PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
THE Lusaka Magistrates Court has heard that United Party for National Development (UPND) vice-president Geoffrey Mwamba is undergoing medical surgery abroad and it will take six to eight weeks.
When the matter came up for trial in the case Mwamba is charged with proposing violence against President Lungu, his lawyer, Zevyanji Sinkala, asked the court to grant his client an adjournment of two months as he was receiving medical treatment abroad.
However, the State, through Zalila Sakala, told the court that the accused was absent together with his two sureties.
In response, Mr Sinkala insisted that his client is unwell.
“Your honour, we are asking for an adjournment due to the fact that the accused person in this matter is unwell and will soon be undergoing an operation. We are equally desirous to have the matter take off,” Mr Sinkala said.
It was at this point that the State, through Mr Sakala, demanded that the defence avails the court with proper documentation to prove that indeed Mwamba is unwell and receiving treatment.
“We have heard your position, however, there is no proof to show that the accused person is unwell. Without proof, it is very difficult to accept the two-month adjournment,” Mr Sakala said.
Mwamba’s lawyer then asked the court to stand down the matter for five minutes, saying the medical report was in place but needed to get it from his colleague, who was at the High Court.
After the medical report was tabled before court, Lusaka magistrate Tandose Chabala adjourned the matter to June 30, 2017 for trial.
“I have taken into account the submissions by both parties. I have seen the medical report and it shows that it was issued on April 19, 2017, and that the accused person is unwell,” she said.
And according to a medical report, issued at CFB Medical Centre, the hospital says Mwamba attended orthopaedic clinic with complaints of painful knee joint and sometimes locking.
The hospital further said Mwamba did have injury on his left knee joint in 2013 and was diagnosed with medial meniscal tear in a South African hospital and was advised to undergo surgery.