This was in a matter where Mwale, a 42-year-old businessman, with others unknown, was accused of assaulting Breeze FM reporter Grace Lungu and occasioning her actual bodily harm.
He was further charged with theft of cash amounting to K400, the property of Lungu.
The two incidents happened on February 12, 2019 during the Mkomba ward by-election in Lundazi.
When the case came up for ruling before Lundazi magistrate Joseph Kapila, Mwale was found with a case to answer on both charges.
The court set October 7, 2019 as the date for Mwale’s defence.