The Kitwe Magistrate Court has acquitted National Democratic Congress Youth Chairperson Charles Kabwita on one charge of conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace.
This is a matter in which Kabwita is accused of having an altercation with Home Affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo at a restaurant in Kitwe.
Particulars of the offence are that on February 24, 2018, Kabwita 37, while at Fremos Bar and Restaurant were some cabinet ministers where having lunch among them, Freedom Sikazwe and Stephen Kampyongo, did conduct himself publicly in a manner likely to cause the breach of peace, contrary to Laws of Zambia.
During trial Kabwita pleaded not guilty to the charge while the prosecution called four witnesses which included the arresting officer from the Zambia Police.
But in her ruling, Tuesday, Chief Resident Magistrate Yvonne Nalomba said the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against Kabwita according to the evidence before the court.
She said she therefore had no basis on which to find the accused with a case to answer.
Magistrate Nalomba said it was the prosecutions failure to proof a prima facie case, which prompted her to evoke the provisions of section 206 of the criminal procedure court, and acquit the accused.