GBM arrested, charged


POLICE in Lusaka yesterday arrested United Party for National Development (UPND) vice-president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba and charged him with unlawful drilling.
Police spokesperson Charity Chanda told journalists in Lusaka that Mr Mwamba (left) has been arrested and charged with the offence of unlawful drilling, which is contrary to section 66 (1)(a) as read with section 21 C and D of the Penal Code of the Laws of Zambia.
She said Mr Mwamba, who was represented by eight lawyers led by Jack Mwiimbu from Mwiimbu and Company, was only released from custody after meeting police bond conditions of two working sureties in the sum of K50,000 each.
Mr Mwamba is expected to appear in court on March 10, 2016.
The sureties are Mazabuka Central member of Parliament Gary Nkombo and his counterpart Solwezi West counterpart Teddy Kasonso.
Mr Mwamba arrived at Woodlands Police Station at about 09:45 hours in the company of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema, UPND vice-president for politics Canicius Banda and other party officials.
He was interrogated for close to three hours before he was charged and arrested.
Mr Mwamba was summoned to Woodlands Police Station in connection with the 21 UPND cadres who were arrested on Saturday at his premises on Luanshya Road in Lusaka.
Police recovered offensive weapons that included machetes, eight rounds of ammunition, golf clubs and cannabis.
Police recovered a register in the gymnasium which has 158 names of people undergoing training. The register had an inscription ‘UPND 50+1’.
Meanwhile, police fired tear-gas canisters to disperse UPND cadres who became unruly after they were told that Mr Mwamba was arrested and charged.
The cadres, who went to show solidarity with Mr Mwamba, camped outside Woodlands Police Station and kept chanting UPND slogans.
They later started throwing stones at police officers who were deployed to maintain law and order.
This forced the police to fire teargas canisters and the cadres scampered.
And Mr Hichilema said in an interview at Woodlands Police Station shortly after the arrest that there is no militia in the UPND.
On Sunday, UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma told journalists that there is nothing wrong with keeping machetes.
He also said the cadres were training because they anticipate to meet police head-on ahead of the August 11 elections.

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