Prohibitive bail conditions set out by Chinsali Senior Resident Magistrate Julius Malata against the 16 UPND members and officials from Kasama has led to their continued incarceration at Chinsali Remand Prison.
Magistrate Malata has among other documents demanded for the production of Company Certificate of Registration, Latest Payslip,Annual Company Returns while the letter of introduction is to be on a company headed paper for each working sureity resident in Chinsali.
The prohibitive conditions have been worsened by the fact that the accused are based in kasama making it difficult to raise enough sureities who are not only working and resident in Chinsali but are also related to the accused.
Company owners are reluctant to produce PACRA documents as well as annual returns as demanded by the court leading to most if not all sureities being disqualified by Magistrate Malata.
The court further demanded to view the house after one sureity assured him that he would sell his house should the accused jump bail much to the amusement of the court audience.
The 16 accused have since applied to the court to have the prohibitive bail conditions varied as meeting them has proven impossible.
Defence Counsel Kashumba Mutti was by Press time preparing the application to vary the conditions
The 16 accused which include Northern Province UPND Chairman Nathan Ilunga, his Secretary Lazarus Chongo,Youth Chairman Justine Mumbi remain incarcerated until set bail conditions are met.
In the meantime,a majority of Muchinga and Northern party provincial officials are in Chinsali trying to secure their release leaving the campaigns for the Mayembe ward election with a skeleton manpower.
More details later
*UPND MEDIA TEAM*