Solomon Musonda in court today

Police last night officially arrested and charged former Health Deputy Minister Solomon Musonda with causing grievous harm with intent to maim,disfigure or disable contrary to section 224(a) of the Penal Code.

Dr Musonda who reported at Woodlands Police Station in the company of his lawyer yesterday around 18:15 hours for questioning in connection with the shooting incident of a Patriotic Front youth, Jackson Musaka, in Serenje two weeks ago was only officially charged around 20:40 hours.

His arrest and subsequent charging by the police followed the decision by president Rupiah Banda yesterday to relieve him of his duties with immediate effect.

Dr Musonda who was released on police bond is expected to appear before a Magistrate court today for possible plea.

And Police spokesperson Bonny Kapeso confirmed to journalists last evening the arrest and charging of Dr Musonda.

In relieving him of his duties, president Banda said he had received a report indicating that the Director of Public Prosecutions had recommended for the prosecution of the Dr Musonda following a shooting incident in his Chitambo Constituency.

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