The Luanshya Magistrates’ Court has set February 11 as date for possible commencement of trial in a matter in which NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili and 11 others are charged with unlawful assembly.

It is alleged that Kambwili and 11 others on November 25, in Luanshya, jointly and whilst acting together, unlawfully assembled with intent to carryout some common purpose and did conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause persons in the neighborhood reasonably to fear that they will commit a breach of peace.

The matter is before Ndola Principal Resident magistrate Obister Musukwa.

Kambwili 50, of Luanshya and 11 others denied the charge.

Magistrate Musukwa then adjourned the matter to 11, 12 and 13 February 2019 for possible commencement of trial.

On November 25, 2017 over 300 AVIC International workers constructing houses for the Ministry of Home Affairs and Zambia Correctional Facility in Luanshya protested demanding better conditions of service and contracts.

While singing, the workers camped at Kambwili’s residence demanding that he addresses them.

In addressing the protesters, Kambwili said it was uncalled for that the local people should be abused.

“You see these contracts are for the government. We are spending a lot of money, which is just going to China. If you look at the salaries of the workers, it’s sad. People are not benefiting. But you can’t blame the people. Just a few days ago the PF were celebrating in solidarity with the Chinese to abuse our people. This is a warning to the Zambian people that this is the government that you have,” he said.

Kambwili said there was no President in Zambia but a figurehead in State House.

“If miners are sent out, who is to sort out this issue? It’s the President. That is why I say we do not have a President in this country. We only have a figurehead in this country. This country is on autopilot, wait until I become President, you will see leadership, tested leadership. All these Chinese, Indians nonsense will end because imbwili ni bwili,” Kambwili has said.