CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
A WITNESS yesterday told the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court that he arrested four United Party for National Development (UPND) supporters
because of their suspicious behaviour around the Lusaka Central Correctional Centre.
This is in a case in which Remmy Mukoba, Kelvin Mupulisa, Fabian Lubona and Martin Muchindu are jointly charged with two counts of being in possession of offensive weapons.
When the matter came up for continued trial before magistrate Sylvia Munyinya, Zambia Correctional Services officer Matongo Mwendabai said the Lusaka Central Prison (Chimbokaila) is a restricted area.
Mr Mwendabai said it is not illegal for anyone to use the road or park on the side of the road and that neither is it an offence to carry a bow and arrow but that he was moved to question the accused because of their behaviour.
He said he approached the quartet after they parked their vehicle near the entrance of the correctional facility to find out about their identities and why they were behaving in the manner they were.
Mr Mwendabai said the four men were seen driving several times up and down the Paul Banda Road where the Lusaka Central Correctional Centre is situated and noticed that each time the vehicle carrying the accused person reached the entrance, they would hoot and that at some point, one of the passengers threw an object out of the vehicle.
“The pattern of hooting aroused suspicion in me as to why it was being done in that manner…the prison is a restricted area, by merely parking they did not commit an offence…It became an issue when they attempted to flee when I approached them,” he said.
He said the quartet could not even comply with his instructions when he asked them to identify themselves despite being in a uniform.
He denied wearing a mask over his face when he approached the accused persons.
Mr Mwendabai said the items that were found in the vehicle were glycerine and potassium permanganate and that he does not know all the uses of the chemicals but that the bow and arrows are offensive materials.
It is alleged that the four, on April 25, 2017, in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together, had in their possession offensive weapons.
These were a bow and three arrows, two plastics of potassium permanganate and one plastic bottle of glycerine.