UPND youths appeal stalls
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.