Mwanakampwe and two co-accused released on bail


After close to a month of physical and psychological torture, UPND Central Province Youth Chairperson Milner Mwanakampwe and his two co-accused Stephen Phiri and Stephen Chooka have been granted bail by the Lusaka Magistrate Court.
The three were arrested on 12th August and are facing two counts of conspiracy to murder and unlawful possession of National Registration Cards (NRCs).
It is alleged that the three conspired to murder former President Rupiah Banda and State House Political Adviser Kaizar Zulu on dates between 30th June and 8th August 2017.
When the matter came up on Wednesday 6th September, Chief Resident Magistrate Kenneth Mulife granted the three accused K5, 000 cash bail with two traceable and working sureties each pending trial. Stephen Chooka, 42 and Stephen Phiri, 35 are both defence personnel from the Zambia army in Kabwe.
Earlier on the court heard from defence lawyers that the two defence personnel were subjected to physical and mental torture with Stephen Chooka developing hearing difficulties in his right ear as a result of torture while Stephen Phiri was only taken to Maina Soko military Hospital after he collapsed due to torture. He was however treated for malaria which he did not have instead of the torture effects he suffered.
Milner Mwanakampwe was also subjected to mental torture and was dragged to the Mortuary as part of mental torture.
Magistrate Mulife also ordered the police to grant the accused police reports in order for them to obtain medical reports and has further ordered for granting of a certificate of committal to the High Court for the count of conspiracy to murder.
The three are being represented by Martha Mushipe, Christopher Mundia and Keith Mweemba.

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