William Banda formally charged

William Banda formally charged

MMD Lusaka province chairperson William Banda has appeared in court on a charge of inciting violence against patriotic front (PF) cadres but has denied the charge.

Mr Banda has since been granted a 60 million kwacha cash bail, with two working sureties from recognized institutions.

The 65 year old of Lusaka’s Bauleni Township told Lusaka chief resident magistrate Joshua Banda that he understood the charge leveled against him, but pleaded not guilty.

Mr Banda is alleged to have incited violence by instructing MMD cadres to beat and chase the PF cadres contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Magistrate Banda further ordered the MMD Lusaka province Chairman to surrender his passport to court and to be reporting to the Lusaka central police officer in charge every Friday.

But one of Mr Banda’s lawyers Robison Malipenga informed the court that his client had no passport to surrender because it was among his property that was burnt after people attacked and burnt his house after the elections.

Magistrate Banda asked the defence to avail him with the police report which highlighted the fact that Banda’s passport was among the things that were burnt in the aftermath of the September 20, general elections.

Earlier Mr Malipenga asked the court to grant his client bail saying he was entitled to bail according to the provisions of the law.

Magistrate Banda has set 3 October 2011 as dates of commencement of trial.

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