Surety in trouble after GBM’s co-accused bolts

A surety in Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s unlawful drilling case was yesterday detained after failing to find the accused person he bailed out.

This is a matter in which Mwamba, the UPND vice-president, is jointly charged with 20 UPND youths for unlawfully drilling.

When the case came up for mention, Principal resident magistrate Mwaka Mikalile remanded Obey Habeenzu a surety for GBM’s co-accused Cosmas Njobvu because the latter has not been attending court.

Magistrate Mikalile ordered Habeenzu to pay K10,000 in default three months imprisonment.

The court observed that it had been over two weeks since Habeenzu was told to trace the surety but he had failed to do so since March 30, 2017.

She said she had no option but to remand Habeenzu.

Habeenzu had told magistrate Mikalile that efforts to bring the accused to court proved fruitless as Njobvu was still at large.

According to the indictment, between February 13 and 27, 2016, GBM and 20 youths unlawfully assembled to drill and to be drilled to the use of arms or practice of military exercises, movements or evolutions.

Trial has not commenced in this matter.

         

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