United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema denied the offence of fabrication of false news with intent to cause fear and alarm to the public contrary to section 67 (1) (2) of the penal code and chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia. He has also been released on bail.
And MMD president who turned up with other opposition leaders to show solidarity with HH said the opposition will not be cowed by president, Michael Sata.
And Charles Milupi said Zambians will not allow Sata to take the country back to UNIP era.
Hichilema, who was formerly arrested and charged at Woodlands Police Station after being interrogated at the Zambia Police Service Headquarters in Lusaka today, appeared for plea before Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda.
He told the court that he understood the charge as read but was not guilty of the offence.
Particulars of the offence where that on June 11 this year Hichilema did orally publish statements in which he said Inter alia that Patriotic Front (PF) had signed an arrangement for the militia in Sudan to train PF youths.
According to the charges by the PF government, Hichilema was quoted as saying, “prepare for trouble, do you know what is going on in Darfur? Do you know what is going on in Abyei? Do you know what is going on there? Killings!” statements which are likely to cause fear and alarm to the public.
Hichilema who was represented by his lawyers Sakwiba Sikota, Martha Mushipe, Keith Mweemba and Jack Mwiimbu further applied for a bail as the offence he was facing was bailable under the constitution of Zambia.
In applying for bail, defence lawyer Sakwiba Sikota told Magistrate Banda that his client was a well know figure that cannot run away without being recognised by any person in the country.
“He is not someone that can melt away in the crowd, his face is easily identified,” said Sakwiba.
He further said taking into account the nature of the alleged offence and the grounds on which a bail is granted the accused person qualifies to be given a bail but with conditions that are not too arduous.
Magistrate Banda then gave Hichilema a cash bail of K30 million with two working sureties from within Lusaka and adding that they should be from reputable organisations.
And Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba who went to show solidarity to his counterpart said opposition parties in the country will not allow President Michael Sata to destroy democracy that Zambians fought for.
Mumba who was in the company of other opposition leaders has vowed to take government on what he described as, “It is a battle for all, he touches one he touches all”.
He further described Hichilema’s arrest as annoying.
And Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi has said Zambians will not allow Zambia to be taken back into a one party state as it is above such type of politics and governance.
Milupi said government’s move to allegedly intimidate politicians will not work as they are also ready to fight and defend democracy.