Kasama court frees UPND supporters

A Kasama Magistrate has acquitted two cadres from the United Party for National Development (UPND) that were accused of assaulting a girl and four other people during campaigns in the run-up to the January 20 presidential election.
This is in a matter in which Christopher Malama and Fidel Chishomwa were charged with five counts of assault.
Delivering judgement yesterday, Kasama resident magistrate Kelvin Soma ruled that the prosecution team had failed to prove its case against Malama and Chishomwa.
Mr Soma ruled that the duo were indicted for offences they did not commit.
“We heard that a baby girl was beaten but there is no convincing evidence and so why did the police go ahead and arrest the accused persons,” Mr Soma asked.
The magistrate added that the accused persons were in a group of 30 other youths hence the possibility of the complainants being beaten by other youths is high.
Particulars of the false accusations were that on January 14, this year, the duo who was on their way back from Misambo allegedly assaulted the five.

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