‘Tokota Boys’ ap­pear in court

…as busi­ness comes to a halt in Kitwe

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

BUSI­NESS in Kitwe yes­ter­day came to a stand­still as the no­to­ri­ous Tokota Boys were driven to the mag­is­trate`s court in the in­fa­mous “Kasalanga” ve­hi­cle amid tight se­cu­rity.

A con­voy of se­cu­rity ve­hi­cles me­an­dered through the Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict to the sub­or­di­nate court where hun­dreds of res­i­dents and cu­ri­ous on­look­ers con­verged to have a glimpse of the mostly teenage boys who are sus­pected to have been bru­tal­is­ing peo­ple.

As they de­scended from the “Kasalanga” res­i­dents jeered in uni­son while rel­a­tives sobbed as the court grounds was filled with a mix­ture of grief and ju­bi­la­tion.

The 19 boys aged be­tween 15 to 34 years old, ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Yvonne Nalomba on three counts, namely ab­duct­ing and kid­nap­ping a 16-yearold boy, caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm and caus­ing nox­ious or forc­ing con­sump­tion of fae­ces.

Ms Nalomba in­formed the boys that they had merely ap­peared be­fore her court for ex­pla­na­tion of the charges while plea and trial would take place in the High Court.

They are al­leged to have com­mit­ted the of­fences on April 30, this year.

The boys were ar­rested fol­low­ing a video footage which went vi­ral, show­ing a 16-year-old boy be­ing beaten with var­i­ous ob­jects as they sang a song ‘Wal­itwishiba ifwe’.

Ms Nalomba adjourned the mat­ter to May 28, for men­tion and the boys were re­manded in Kamfinsa Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity.

As they were be­ing ush­ered out of the court room, res­i­dents jeered, and heck­led even louder as they were packed in the “Kasalanga” headed for Kamfinsa, on the out­skirts of the city.

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