Former Defence minister Geoffrey Mwamba appears in court

By IAfrica
In Zambia
May 29th, 2014
FILE: GBM arrives at woodlands police station

FILE: GBM arrives at woodlands police station

Kasama Central Member of Parliament (MP) Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba yesterday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate Court where he pleaded not guilty to one count of assault.

Mwamba, 55, clad in a black suit arrived at Magistrate Court Complex accompanied by his wife Chama in his beige BMW that being driven by Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) leader, Frank Bwalya.

The former defence minister took plea before Magistrate Prince Mwiinga.

Particulars are that Mwamba a business executive cum politician of 10 Roan road in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area did assault, his operations manager at Arizona Marketing, Collins Mudai thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm on May 14 this year.

Earlier, Chief Resident Magistrate, Joshua Banda allocated the matter to senior magistrate Mwaka Mikalile who recused herself immediately Mwamba stepped into the dock.

Mwamba again re-appeared before Mr Banda who allocated the case to Mr Mwiinga where the accused took plea in a packed courtroom.

State prosecutor Conrad Milimo told the court that the accused was before court and the state was ready to proceed with plea.

Magistrate Mwiinga read the charge against Mwamba and asked him if he understood the details of the case.

The matter had since been adjourned to June 26 this year.

Outside court, Mwamba challenged the police to explain why they have delayed to arrest Mr Mudai for forgery which he reported on May 14 this year.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said in an interview that the case needed proper investigations and to subject the forged signature to hand writing experts.

Meanwhile the former Defence Minister said he is not a criminal for armed police to search for him in the manner they are did.
Mr Mwamba said that he was not a danger to society and had communicated to his lawyers about re-scheduling a meeting with police over the alleged assault case because he was attending to other pressing issues.

He said that it was unfortunate that police wanted to create an impression that he was a criminal who had gone into hiding when they were aware of the communication.

According to officers close to the investigations, police have been under political pressure from leaders in the PF to arrest GBM using the excuse of assaulting his former employee who until recently worked as Logistics Officer at Arizona.

“We were just ordered to search for him on Saturday, actually we were directed that we should arrest him on Friday so that he spends the whole long weekend in detention but that failed because some people informed him and that is how we re-directed our plan to have him picked up in the morning of Saturday,” said the officers.

On Saturday, a platoon of 11 armed police officers raided Mr. Mwamba’s house in Kabulonga residential area in unclear circumstances in an alleged assault case.

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