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GBM words incited violence – witness

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
A WITNESS yesterday told the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court that he understood United Party for National Development

vice-president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba’s words that he would go for President Lungu’s throat to have incited people to act violently.
Mwamba, 52, was arrested for allegedly proposing violence in connection with a statement he made on March 2 this year that he would go for President Lungu’s throat.
According to the indictment, the offence breaches the law on assemblies as contained in Section 91(1) (a) and (b) of the Penal Code of the Laws of Zambia.
The case came up for continued trial before magistrate Nthandose Chabala.
Celestine Mukandila, a lawyer and businessman of Matero township, said he heard Mwamba’s words on radio during a news broadcast.
In cross-examination, Mr Mukandila said Mwamba, as a prominent political leader, is free to make statements because that is his right.
He, however, said Mwamba did not only say that he would go for President Lungu’s throat but added that he would not rest until Mr Lungu was out of State House, which made him to understand that the President’s life was in danger.
The matter has been adjourned to August 14, 2017 for continued trial.

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