UPND youths ap­peal stalls

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BY AN­DREW MUKOMA THE mat­ter in which seven United Party for Na­tional De­vel­op­ment (UPND) youths from Choma District have ap­pealed against their con­vic­tion and sen­tence of two years im­pris­on­ment with hard labour, failed to take off in the Liv­ing­stone High Court.

The seven Phinias Si­malili, Mar­cus Ng’andu , Saidi Mwale , Kiz­ito Sia­mani, Steve Ka­longa , Joe Mun­saka and Jonathan Mwanza have ap­pealed against their two years jail sen­tence through MAK Part­ners, a Lusaka and Liv­ing­stone based law firm.

They were con­victed and sen­tenced to two years by the Maz­abuka based mag­is­trate Chinkashi Chilin­gala af­ter they were found guilty of two counts of as­sault­ing two Pa­tri­otic Front (PF) cadres in Choma in Fe­bru­ary last year.

In the first count the seven were al­leged to have as­saulted PF mem­ber Jeena Phiri on Fe­bru­ary 13, 2016 while in the se­cond count they were jointly charged for as­sault­ing Saidi Malunga of Choma on the same day.

In con­vict­ing the seven at the Choma mag­is­trate court, mag­is­trate Chinkashi Chilin­gala said the ac­cused would be an ex­am­ple to oth­ers in the coun­try.

Mr Chilin­gala said the coun­try had ex­pe­ri­enced un­prece­dented po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence and there was need for the courts to bring san­ity and peace in the na­tion.

But the UPND youths have ap­pealed against that and are be­ing rep­re­sented by Cheelo Mwi­inga of MAK Part­ners.

When the mat­ter was called to the stand be­fore High Court Judge Ernest Mukul­wa­mu­tiyo, the Court was in­formed by Le­gal Aid Board coun­sel Mar­tin Makinka that Mr. Cheelo Mwi­inga was un­able to travel to Liv­ing­stone be­cause he was ap­pear­ing be­fore an­other Court in Lusaka.

Mr. Cheelo Mwi­inga through Mr. Makinka ap­pealed for leave to have the mat­ter ad­journed so that he can make sub­mis­sions within three weeks.

And the mat­ter has been ad­journed to Oc­to­ber 27, 2017 for judge­ment and the con­victs’ bail has been ex­tended.

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