FIVE Patriotic Front cadres have denied slapping and proposing violence against justice minister Given Lubinda.
The five are Martin Mambwe, 38, a driver of Kalingalinga area, Patrick Mubanga, 40, businessman of Zambia Railways area, Major Chansa, 35, a businessman of Misisi compound, Moses Mulenga, 33, a businessman of Chunga area and Goodson Mwange, 45, a businessman of John Laing denied the charges before chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale.
In the first count, Mambwe is accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Allegations are that Mambwe on 12 July assaulted Lubinda.
In the second count, the five are accused of proposing violence or breach of the law.
Particulars of the offence are that Mambwe, Mwange, Mubanga, Mulenga and Chansa on July 12 whilst acting together proposed violence towards Lubinda by saying, “we will beat you next time you step your foot in Kabwata Market.”
The Kabwata member of parliament was assaulted during his tour of the market on the said date between 15:00 and 15:30 hours
Meanwhile, magistrate Mwale has granted the accused bail at K5,000 and two working sureties from Lusaka bound at K10,000.
This was after their lawyer Agrippa Mulando applied for bail pending trial.
Trial commences on July 31.