The State has discharged UPND Deputy Secretary General Patrick Mucheleka and three others of the charge of aggravated robbery which they stood accused in the Kasama Magistrate Court.The four who have been detained at Milima Correctional facility since September 17th 2020 were this morning discharged on instructions from the Director of Public Prosecution.
The State has amended the indictment on the second count to include a fifth person to a charge of malicious damage.Kelvin Bwalya,28 of Chisenga Village who has been in police custody since his arrest in September joins Patrick Mucheleka,Elias Mubanga,Samuel Ngwira and Chishimba Bwalya who now face one count of malicious damage to property of the Republic of Zambia worth K 83,097.
Fact of the case are that the five jointly and wilfully damaged 2 type writters and a printer property of GRZ valued at K83,097 in Kasama district of the Northern Province.They have all pleaded not guilty.Counsel Mulambo Haimbe has since applied for bail considering that the charge being faced was bailable.Counsel Haimbe has pleaded with the Court to set favorable bail conditions to reduce the number of detainees in view of the Covid 19 pandemic.
The State raises no objection to the application for bail but prays that the court will ensure that the accused do not jump bail,interfere with state witnesses and engage into any unlawful acts or vices.Counsel Haimbe in thanking the State for raising no objection to the application however says there was no need for the State to be seen to be determining bail conditions as it remains the reserve of the Court.
The accused have since been granted cash bail in the sum of K10, 000 in own recognizance and two working surities resident in KasamaNovember 26 and 27,2020 have been set as trial dates.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema,Mr Mucheleka’s wife and mother and several NMC, provincial,District, Constituency,MPs and sympathisers witnessed the Court process.