Court grants HH, five others bail in last two charges

Lusaka magistrate Greenwell Malumani has granted Hakainde Hichilema and five others bail in the sum of K10,000 each in their own recognizance.
This is in a case where Hichilema and his co-accused are charged in the second count with disobedience of lawful orders. Hichilema is in the third count charged with using insulting language.
The magistrate also ordered them to provide two working sureties who were in gainful employment and are of fixed abode.


Magistrate Malumani, however, sent the treason charge for re-alloaction.


And when it was called before principal magistrate Mwaka Mikalile, she allocated the case to principal resident magistrate David Simusamba, who explained the treason charge to them.

Later, the defence applied for a preliminary inquiry into the charge and asked the court to take judicial notice that magistrate Malumani had earlier granted the preliminary inquiry before the case was re-allocated.

But the State applied for an adjournment to a later date to respond effectively to the application by defence.

In reply, defence lawyer Vincent Malambo said the application for an adjournment was an endeavour to delay proceedings.

Magistrate Simusamba  said it was the first time he was hearing the matter and adjourned it to tomorrow at 09:00 hours for the State to respond to the application for a preliminary inquiry by the defence.

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