Police Officers have continued disregarding the courts after four state witnesses from the police failed to turn up at court in a case in which 10 employees of Mr Hichilema and some members of the UPND are charged with ‘obstruction’ of police officers on the day Hakainde Hichilema was arrested.
The four police officers from Force Headquarters stayed away from court without giving any reason forcing Magistrate Faides Hamaundu to adjourn the matter to 27th July 2017 for trial.
State prosecutors told the court that they were not aware of any reasons as to why the state witnesses did not show up before the court.
Magistrate Hamaundu said that the state witnesses must state why they absconded the court hearing without reasons despite having been warned by the court.
She further pointed out that the failure by the state witnesses to follow the last court order to hand back all the items that include money and press kit they grabbed from the accused was tantamount to contempt of court adding that the police must be ready to be cited with contempt of court in the next hearing.
The four state witnesses however were spotted outside the court premises after the matter was adjourned.
Among those facing the charge of obstruction is Brian Mwiinga, the Deputy Press Aid to Hakainde Hichilema, William Banda and 8 others.