Sinazongwe Collum mine riot suspects appear in court, one charged with murder

Sinazongwe  Collum mine riot suspects appear in court, one charged with murder

 Five of the suspects arrested in connection with a riot in which a Chinese supervisor died at the Collum Coal Mine in Sinazongwe district have appeared in the Choma magistrate court.

The five appeared before magistrate Jacob Mbolela at 15:30 hours Wednesday afternoon.

Before magistrate Mbolela was Alex Sindebuka, 25, a miner of Collum coal mine.

The particulars of the offence are that Sindebuka on August 4, 2012 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons murdered Wu Shangzai.

Magistrate Mbolela told Sindebuka that the offence he is alleged to have committed will only be tried in the High Court and was none bailable

He said the accused would continue appearing in the magistrate court until instructions were received from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The other four miners who appeared before court are facing the offence of house breaking and store breaking.

These are Willard Munsaka, 25, Lameck Siamukololo, 45, Mike Phiri, 22, and Sikwino Mpande, 23, all miners of Collum Coal Mine

All the four pleaded not guilty to the charges and magistrate Mbolela adjourned the matter to later dates for commencement of trial after prosecutor Evans Mbonge applied for an adjournment.

On Friday last week, a Chinese Supervisor at Collum Coal Mine in Sinazongwe district died while three others were injured when Mine workers rioted over a minimum wage dispute.

Chinese envoy visiting one of the injured in hospital

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