By JUSTINA MULENGA

THE drilling case involving UNPD vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has been adjourned to 14th August 2017 as three other witnesses were not present before the Court.

Mwamba and others accused of illegal drilling appeared before Lusaka Magistrate David Simusamba yesterday for mention.

Among the 19 accused persons, 3 suspects were not present before court and the court was told that two of those absent were sick and that sick notes were on their way to be delivered before the Magistrate Court by their parents from the Copperbelt.

Those who were sick included Alex Mulenga and Gerald Mtonga believed to be on the Copperbelt.

Mwamba and others accused were charged with two counts of unlawful drilling when they were found performing acts of unlawful military training on persons without permission against the law.

Particulars of the charges were that, Mr Mwamba, on unknown dates but between 13th and 27th February, 2016 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, without the permission of the President, did train or drill Sam Tembo, Elan Tembo, Cosmas Njobvu, Warren Bwalya Sofoti Mwamba Francis, Natasha Hamusonde, Clement Phiri, Conwell Simwika, Moses Chilufya, Justin Banda, Gift Kalunga, Chosha Mwanza,, Henry Chilufya, Lovewell Mwansa, Edgar Clacious Kasokwe, Gerald Mtonga, Paul Daka, Phillip Muyende, Michael Muvunda and Allex Mulenga to the use arms or the practice of military exercise, movement or revolution.

And in the second count, the 19 accused persons were charged with unlawful drilling contrary to Section 66 (1) (a) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

The matter has since been adjourned to August 14th 2017.

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