Ruling in GBM ‘Lungu’s throat’ case set for May 28

LUSAKA magistrate Nthandose Chabala has set May 28 for ruling on whether former UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has a case to answer for proposing violence after he alleged that he would “go for President Edgar Lungu’s throat”.
Magistrate Chabala set the date for ruling after the prosecution closed its case following the testimony of the arresting officer.
It is alleged that Mwamba on March 2, 2016 said he could go for Pesident Lungu’s throat which the police said breaches the law to assemblies, but he pleaded not guilty.
Arresting officer in the matter, deputy chief inspector Webster Moonga from Lusaka Central Police Station, testified that he charged and arrested GBM because he proposed to cause death or injury to the President.

Moonga said he investigated the case which was lodged by a member of the public.
He said he summoned GBM for interviews and later charged and arrested him for the subject offence.
However, GBM under warn and caution denied the charge and was later detained in police custody.
Moonga testified that he detained GBM after he had interviewed Richard Phiri, an editor from Hot FM radio station and Logic Lukwanda who wrote the story as the statement in question was aired by the station.
He said he was given a compact disc even though he did not submit it in court as it was with the exhibiting officer who was unwell.
When cross examined by Mwamba’s lawyers Keith Mweemba and Gilbert Phiri, Moonga admitted that he could not know which Edgar Lungu was being talked about as there are many people with that name.
He said he would not even know whether there was indeed an assembly where GBM allegedly uttered the said words.
Moonga agreed that there was no notice which was circulated by the UPND that there would be a meeting in which GBM would be said to have addressed the people.
Meanwhile, the defence asked the court to acquit GBM as the state has lamentably failed to establish a prima facie case against him.
Ruling will be delivered on May 28.

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