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GBM arrested on assault charge

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HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama
UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) vice president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba was yesterday arrested and later appeared in the Kasama Magistrate’s Court on two counts of assault.
Mr Mwamba was summoned by Kasama police in the morning and he appeared for questioning at 14:30 hours after which he was formally charged and arrested.
Briefing the press earlier, Northern Province deputy commissioner of police Alfred Nawa said on Wednesday, police received nine complaints of assault during the local government by-election campaigns in Bululu ward, where UPND and PF cadres collided.
He said two of the nine assault victims, complained against Mr Mwamba.
“After ensuring that the elections were conducted peacefully, the police today swung into action, warned and cautioned, and formerly charged and arrested Mr Mwamba,” Mr Nawa said.
He said police did not receive instructions from any higher authority as alleged in some sections of the media but was merely performing its functions.
Mr Nawa urged all political players, including the ruling party, not to violate  the law during election campaigns.
He said the injured people, who were issued with medical report forms, include Mwasa Chasha, 50, Annie Chisando, 33, Emma Chungu, 21, Yvonne Musonda, 22, John Mukuka, 39, Janet Bwalya, 31, and Jack Chola, 37, all belonging to the PF.
Two UPND cadres he named as Wiseman Lukwesa and Chanda Kasonde were also injured.
And appearing before Kasama resident magistrate Samuel Mumba, Mr Mwamba pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault.
Mr Mwamba who is jointly charged with other people unknown, applied for bail through his lawyer a Mr Kabesha from Kabesha and Company.
Mr Mumba granted Mr Mwamba a K,5000 bail in his own recognisance with two working sureties. He met the bail conditions and was released.
Trial has been set for September 28 this year.

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