Frank Bwalya released amid riots

Riot broke out in Kitwe today following the release of Change Life Zambia executive director Father Frank Bwalya from custody on bail.

Confusion erupted when a Kitwe magistrate released Fr Bwalya on bail and his supporters who had turned up at the court to give him solidarity resorted to stoning vehicles parked near the court premises.

According to QFM radio, rioters looted Kobil filling station which is located near the court as employees fled for their safety.
Police only managed to bring the situation under control after reinforcements were brought in.

A PF Councilor Elias Kamanga who is also PF Copperbelt youth vice chairman and 24 others have since been arrested in connection with the riot.

Meanwhile Fr Bwalya has been released on a K100, 000 bails after pleading not guilty to the charge of conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.

Kitwe senior magistrate Mercy Makubale has since set March 31st, 2010 as the date for the commencement of trial.
Copperbelt police commanding officer Antoneil Mutentwa said Fr Bwalya was arrested while distributing red cards for the red card campaign at the venue of Youth Day celebrations.

But Fr Bwalya said he was doing nothing wrong but merely trying to get a lift from someone when police officers pounced on him.

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