PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
AN arresting officer in a case in which six United Party for National Development (UPND) members are charged with riotous behaviour has testified that property worth thousands of Kwacha was destroyed during a riot at the High Court grounds in September last year.
Testifying before magistrate Felix Kaoma in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Kakwisa Liama said a motor vehicle and window panes at the High Court building were among the property the cadres destroyed during the riot.
Mr Liama told the court that he decided to charge the accused persons upon being availed with evidence by a crime scene officer.
He also produced pictorial evidence in court showing the damaged property.
“During the course of my investigations, I received a photo album from the scene of crime which contained seven photos showing the damaged motor vehicle, stones and broken window panes. I then arrested and charged the accused persons. Thereafter, a warn and caution statement was recorded,” he stated.
Magistrate Kaoma adjourned the matter to October 2, 2017 for continued trial.
The cadres are appearing in court for riotous behaviour.
Particulars of the offence are that Remmy Mukoba, Evans Malunga, Kings Lumando, Clement Berejana, Mauha Polika and Claud Bwalya, on September 15, 2016, in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown people, took part in a riot.