The 15 Barotse activists who were arrested by police in Mongu district last week have pleaded not guilty to two counts of malicious damage of property and conduct likely to breach peace.
They appeared in court today before Kaoma Magistrate Exobious Zulu in Kaoma district of Western province.
Meanwhile, the accused were moved to Kaoma Prison from Mongu Central Prison for security reasons have also been denied bail.
In the first count, they are charged with destroying 113 copies of the Zambian draft constitution valued at K655, 400 contrary to section 335 of the penal code cap 87 of the laws of Zambia while in the second count they are charged with conduct likely to cause a breach of peace contrary to section 278 of the penal code cap 87 of the Zambian laws.
Magistrate Zulu has adjourned the matter to 26th and 27th September, 2012 for mention and October 4th and 5th for commencement of trial.
In pleading for lenience, the 15 said they were all Zambian citizens entitled to bail of which Magistrate Zulu objected.