THE state has entered a nolle prosequi in a matter where UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his vice Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) were charged with unlawful assembly and seditious practices.
The matter, which was being heard in the Luanshya Magistrates’ Court, is one of those which were seen to be politically motivated as the two opposition leaders were arrested soon after the August 2016 elections following their refusal to recognize the election of President Edgar Lungu.
When the case came up this morning before Ndola magistrate John Mbuzi, the state informed the court that they had instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions to enter a nolle prosequi.
Following the state’s presentation, magistrate Mbuzi told the accused that they were free to leave court.
There was jubilation outside court among the hundreds of UPND supporters who turned up to give support to their leaders.
Hichilema was recently released from prison via a nolle prosequi where he spent 127 days for alleged treason.