PF cadre Innocent Kalimanshi, commonly known as “PF national commander” and three others have appeared before the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal trespass and assault.
Meanwhile, another group of five Patriotic Front supporters have equally appeared before court for allegedly damaging Kalimanshi’s vehicle worth K700,000, which charge they have however, denied.
The nine accused persons, all PF supporters, appeared in two different courts at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court on charges of criminal trespass, assault and malicious damage to property in relation to the fracas which occurred on May 1, 2021 at the PF secretariat when Chishimba Kambwili was re-joining the party.
Kalimanshi, 40, Donald Kampamba, 46, James Sakala, 43 and Samuel Kabalamwe, 42, all business executives are charged with criminal trespass while Kalimanshi is further charged with two counts assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
In count one, it is alleged that Kalimanshi, Kampamba, Sakala, and Kabalamwe on May 1, 2021 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together unlawfully entered upon the premises of the PF secretariat with intent to annoy.
In count two and three, Kalimanshi is on the same day alleged to have assaulted Theresa Sampa and Hellen Mwansa thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm.
When the matter came up before Lusaka magistrate Felix Kaoma, Friday, the four pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to them.
After taking plea, the lawyers representing the accused persons applied for bail pending hearing of the matter.
The defence said the accused persons were of fixed abode and as such were not a flight risk, adding that they would abide by the conditions that would be set out by the court.
In his ruling, magistrate Kaoma granted each of the four accused persons K10,000 cash bail and further ordered them to provide two sureties each who should be bound in the like sum of K10,000 each but in their own recognizance.
He adjourned the matter to June 7, 2021 for commencement of trial.
In another matter, Bright Musonda, 38, Keithward Musonda, 45, Kelvin Chisanga, Gift Lupiya, 34 and Nector Sinyangwe 34 are charged with one count of malicious damage to property.
The five are alleged to have on May 1, 2021 in Lusaka, willfully and unlawfully damaged a motor vehicle namely a Ford Ranger unregistered valued at K700,000, the property of Innocent Kalimanshi.
But when the matter came up before Lusaka magistrate Faides Hamaundu, Friday, the five pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Hamaundu granted the five cash bail of K5,000 each and ordered them to provide two sureties each but in their own recognizance.
This was after their lawyer applied for bail pending trial.
The matter comes up on May 24, 2021 for commencement of trial.