By Paul Shalala
|Notice at the Kitwe Magistrate's Court|
Patriotic Front Copperbelt Province Chairman Stephen Kainga and four other PF members have pleaded not guilty to various charges levelled against them.
When the matter came up for plea in the Kitwe Magistrate Court this morning, both Mr Kainga and Stanely Chandindi pleaded not guilty to obstructing an officer on 15th July in Kitwe.
The duo are jointly charged for obstructing Chief Inspector Lungu while he was executing his duties.
Magistrate Ikechukwu Iduma has since been adjourned to 10th August for possible commencement of trial.
In another case, Richard Chileshe, who is popularly known as Chile One has pleaded not guilty to threatening violence contrally to section 90 B of the laws of Zambia.
Facts before the court are that on 15 July 2015, Mr Chileshe discharged a loaded firearm with intent to cause alarm to any person.
He appeared before Magistrate Penjani Lamba.
Meanwhile, two more PF members John Kangwa and Brian Mulenga have pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft from person and assault occassioning actual bodily harm.
They are alleged to have assaulted Progress Mwila and stolen his camera worth K1,000 but they have pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Kapinda Chipamu.
Bail for the five PF members has since been extended.
All their cases are related to violence that rocked Kitwe last week when opposition UPND President Hakainde Hichilema visited Kitwe to open his party's Secretariat for the Copperbelt Province in Chachacha Compound.
And Magistrate Prosper Mwila has granted bail to 16 juveniles and a Kitwe man who were in custody after being charged for idle and disorderly conduct.
The 17, are alleged to have formed criminal gangs terrorizing residents of Kwacha, Bulangililo and Kamitondo townships in Kitwe and they call themselves SOD.
SOD, which some refer to as Sons of the Devil, is a gang of young boys which has terrorised Kitwe residents for some time now.
When Magistrate Mwila announced that he was granting them cash bail of four thousand kwacha each with three working surities, 10 of the 17 juveniles pleaded for leniency that they were Grade nine pupils who are scheduled to start writting exams tomorrow.
The juveniles have since been taken back into the holding cell as they wait for their parents to meet bail conditions.
The matter comes back to court on 29th July for trial.