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Kitwe court acquits GBM in assault case

THE Kitwe Magistrates Court has acquitted UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba of the assault case he was facing.

 

 

Magistrate Maloto Phiri delivered his judgment in a packed courtroom this morning, calling the assault charge on GBM politically motivated.

 

“Having tested the evidence and having  heard the disparities, contradictions, I have found the credibility of the evidence to be doubtful and as  such, I find the evidence to be shaky and unreliable and cannot be depended on. I must say that the unfortunate incident would have been avoided by the rivalry…,” said magistrate Phiri’s judgment in part. “…I hereby dismiss all the four counts against the accused.”

 

Just before the August 11, 2016 elections, GBM was charged with assault and malicious damage after he was accused of slapping a street vendor and damaging property worth K500.

 

 

In reaction to the acquittal, GBM posted on his Facebook page that the court’s decision was an embarrassment to the State.

 

 

I have this morning been acquitted on all counts in a matter where I was charged with assault and malicious damage in the Kitwe Magistrate court. I was arrested at the height of elections last year on fake charges of slapping a street vendor and damaging property worth K500. Currently, I am facing two other matters in the Lusaka Magistrate  Court and 1 other in the Luanshya Magistrate court,

stated GBM.

For now all I can say is that all these matters are political and advise that we should not use state institutions to fight our battles. What is unfolding is an embarrassment to these state institutions, particularly the Zambia Police and brings in a lot of questions on the integrity and professionalism of the command. More embarrassments to come.

 

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