CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
A SURETY has been arrested for failing to secure the attendance of an accused person, Cosmas Njobvu, a member of the United Party for National Development (UPND), who is
jointly charged for unlawful drilling with his party vice-president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba.
Mwamba, 57, a businessman of Kabulonga and 19 others are charged with unlawful drilling.
When the case came up for mention before principal resident magistrate Mwaka Mikalile, two accused persons Natasha Hamusonde and Njobvu were not present.
She said Hamusonde was excused from attending court because she was asked to appeal on a different date but that a bench warrant was issued against Njobvu which was not retained.
Ms Mikalile asked Njobvu’s surety, Obey Habeenzu, to explain why he was not in court and told her that he was still at large and that he has failed to trace him.
Mr Habeenzu was ordered by the court to look for Njobvu within two weeks but has failed to do so for two months now.
She said Mr Habeenzu will have to pay K10,000 as part of the bail conditions or in default three months imprisonment.
Particulars of the offence are that Mwamba, on unknown dates but between February 13 and February 27, 2016 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, without the permission from the President, did train or drill Sam Tembo, Elan Tembo, Cosmas Njobvu, Sofot Francis and Natasha Hamusonde to the use of arms or the practice of military exercises, movements or evolutions.
Others jointly charged with Mwamba in the first count are Clement Phiri, Conwell Simwika, Moses Chilufya, Justin Banda, Gift Kalunga, Chosha Mwanza, Henry Chilufya, Lovewell Mwansa, Edgar Kasokwe, Gerald Mtonga, Paul Daka, Philip Muyende, Michael Muvunda and Alex Mulenga.
In the second count, Sam Tembo and 18 others, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, did assemble on February 27, 2016, in Lusaka, without the permission of the President to be trained or drilled, to the use of arms or the practice of military exercise, movements or evolutions.