Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala is expected to deliver her ruling on a case to answer in a matter in which former UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba is alleged to have issued a statement threatening to go for President Edgar Lungu’s throat on June 18.
In this matter, GBM was arrested on March 2, 2016 for allegedly issuing a statement in which he threatened to go for President Lungu’s throat.
The State closed its case in the matter last month and the matter was adjourned to yesterday, Tuesday, for a ruling on case to answer.
But when the matter came up, magistrate Chabala informed the court that she was not ready to proceed with her the ruling and as such, would give the matter another date.
She then adjourned the matter to June 18, this year, for a ruling.
And a public analyst has testified in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court that the suspected drugs he was given by officers from the Drug Enforcement Commission for analysis, tested positive for cocaine.
In this matter, court interpreters Emmanuel Chirwa, Bearvan Mengo, Mathews Mukanda, Victor Nzaila, O’Brian Muyunda; Didie Kangwa a senior clerk of court and businessmen Eric Chipango and Emmanuel Chimba are charged with trafficking in 24 kilogrammes of cocaine and theft of the drug which was an exhibit in another matter.
When the matter came up before magistrate Victoria Chitulangoma for continued trial, Richard Chomba, a public analyst from Food and Drugs Laboratory under the Ministry of Health, told the court that the creamish powder he was given by Anderson Stumbeko an officer from DEC, tested positive for cocaine after analysis.
Chomba added that he conducted a test using two methods namely spot test (drug test kit) and ultraviolet spectrophotometry (UVSPEC).
The witness said the first sample weighed 1.5 grams and second sample weighed 80.11 grams.
Chomba further testified that after analysis, he prepared a report in form of affidavits.