United Party for National Development (UPND) youths who were arrested by police following a clash with police two days ago, today appeared at the Lusaka Magistrate court and pleaded not guilty to the offence of Idle and disorderly conduct.
These include Aaron Sililo Pumulo 35, Joseph Muzonda 48, Lemmy Mukoba 29, Patrict Ntalasha 28 and Newton Chisuta aged 30 all residents of Lusaka.
The five who were represented by their lawyers Keith Mweemba, Paul Katupisha, Marshall Muchende and Martha Mushipe all denied the charge before magistrate Lameck Ny’ambi
The five accused persons are charged with idle and disorderly conduct contrary to section 78 (F) of the Penal Code and Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that on June 6, 2012 while in Lusaka the five accused persons jointly and whilst acting together with other people unknown did conduct themselves in a manner likely to breach peace by blocking the public roads at the junction of Lagos and Addis Ababa drive.
In appealing for the accused bails defence council Mushipe had a problem agreeing with government prosecutors in the manner the state prosecutors handled the matter.
Earlier a State Prosecutor told the accused that they would be granted bail but that they should be able to present two working sureties who should be government workers with fixed abode.
However, defence counsel Mweemba stood up and challenged the court that the state has no right to suggest the conditions of a bail or the nature of sureties to be issued as the matter at hand is a misdemeanour that is rightfully bailable.
However, in passing the ruling on the matter, Magistrate Ny’ambi granted the accused a bail of K5 million bail each in own recognizance with two working sureties who should be working in reputable organizations and holding senior positions.
To this effect both parties came to an agreement and the matter has since been adjourned to June 25 for mention and July 10 and 11, 2012 for trial