A Kitwe Magistrates Court has acquitted UPND vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba of the assault case he was facing.
Magistrate Maloto Phiri delivered his strong-worded judgment in a packed courtroom this morning, calling the assault charge on GBM politically motivated.
Just before the August 11, 2016 elections, GBM was charged with assault and malicious damage after he was accused of slapping a street vendor and damaging property worth K500.
In reaction to the acquittal, GBM posted on his Facebook page that the court’s decision was an embarrassment to the State.
I have this morning been acquitted on all counts in a matter where I was charged with assault and malicious damage in the Kitwe Magistrate court. I was arrested at the height of elections last year on fake charges of slapping a street vendor and damaging property worth K500. Currently, I am facing two other matters in the Lusaka Magistrate Court and 1 other in the Luanshya Magistrate court,
For now all I can say is that all these matters are political and advise that we should not use state institutions to fight our battles. What is unfolding is an embarrassment to these state institutions, particularly the Zambia Police and brings in a lot of questions on the integrity and professionalism of the command. More embarrassments to come.
More details coming…