BUSINESS in Kitwe this morning came to a standstill as Chisokone Market traders and other residents celebrated the arrest and court appearance of members of a notorious gang popularly known as Tokota.
The Tokota gang has been terorising residents of Kitwe and is responsible for the torture of a 16-year-old boy who was made to eat his faeces in a video that went viral on social media.
Residents and traders celebrated as police officers feried the the group from Kitwe Central Police Station to the magistrates’ court, with some saying they were tired of being beaten up by the unruly group of young men, who include two juveniles.
However, the magistrates’ court was heavily manned by police officers who kept vigil of the residents who surrounded the entire area.
And the 19 men, among them two juviniles, all members of a gang, appeared before Kitwe magistrate Yvone Nalomba for explanation of three criminal charges they are facing.
In count one, two juveniles and others have been charged with acts intended to cause grieviouse harm contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Others in this case are Davide Katebe (20), Lucky Mwaba (20), Wisdom Chibwe (20), Bill Mulenga (20), Moses Chilambu (21), Boniface Lubansa (21), Prince Chikumbi (20), Richard Siame (20), Lazarus Zulu (21), Kingsley N’gona (24), Abraham Sikazwe (22), Teddy Chilufya (20), Benard Chirwa (25), Sydney Kasasa (20), Doctor Simwimba (34), Mills Mwaba (28) and Trust Sinkala (19), all of Kitwe are.
Allegations are that on April 30, in Kitwe, the 19 accused persons, jointly and whilst acting together with intent to maim, injure or disfigure, caused grievous harm to Cuthbert Nkonde.
In count two, the 19 accused persons are charged with unlawful wouding and poisoning contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Allegations are that on April 30, in Kitwe, the accused jointly and whilst acting together with intent to injure or annoy, caused Cuthbert to eat his feacal matter.
In count three, they are charged with kidnapping or abducting in order to subject a person to grievous harm contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Allegations are that on the same date in Kitwe, the accused jointly and whilst acting together kidnapped Cuthbert in order to put in him danger and to subject him to grievous harm.
Magistrate Nalomba said the accused persons were not going to take plea before the subordinate court as the charges they were facing were all trialed by the High court.
She said the accused person were only appearing before her court for mention.
“The matter will be tabled by the High court as the charges you are all facing cannot be heard by the magistrates’ courts; you came only for a mention and explanantion of the charges,” said magistrate Nalomba who then adjourned the matter to May 28.