The Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has ordered that trial should commence in a matter in which Hakainde Hichilema’s deputy press secretary Brian Mwiinga and nine others are facing a charge of obstructing police officers from executing their duties.
Magistrate Faidess Hamaundu says the case has dragged ever since it was brought to court without progress.
When the matter came up today, trial could not commence due to the absence of the prosecutor handling the case.
One of the accused persons was equally not present, forcing the court to order the state to start prosecuting the accused persons when the matter comes up on September 4, 2017.
According to the defense counsel Zevyanji Sinkala, David Mwanza could not make it to court as he was sick and seeking medical treatment.
Sinkala promised to avail a medical report at the next court session.
This is in a matter in which Mwiinga and nine others are accused of obstructing police officers on April 10, 2017 during the arrest of Hichilema.
Among those he is jointly charged with are William Banda; HH’s political advisor and Rashid Mumba.