UPND member gets acquittal in aggravated robbery case
By Staff Reporter
LUSAKA High Court judge Catherine Phiri has acquitted UPND member Fred Hamaamba of aggravated robbery.
In acquitting Hamaamba, judge Phiri said there was no evidence connecting him to the crime. Judge Phiri said although it was true that Elina Nyirenda and Emmanuel Simbeye were attacked, there was no evidence linking Hamaamba to the alleged offences.
The court acquitted him at no case to answer stage.
“I find Fred Hamaamba with no case to answer and I set him at liberty forthwith,” judge Phiri said.
In the first count, it was alleged that Hamaamba, on August 14, 2016 in Lusaka, whilst acting with other persons unknown, stole a handbag from Nyirenda valued at K400, K350 cash and an envelope containing GEN form 12, altogether valued at K750.00.
It was alleged that that Hamaamba used actual violence when he attacked Nyirenda. Hamaamba was in count two alleged to have attacked Simbeya and stole a Blackberry phone from him valued at K4, 000.
Initially, Hamaamba was supposed to be jointly charged with former Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta and five others who were last year acquitted but he was allegedly on the run and was only arrested last year.