Court acquit fire tender protesters

By Staff Reporter

LUSAKA Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile has acquitted activists that were arrested and charged for staging an unlawful assembly and causing a breach of peace when they staged a protest against the exorbitant procurement of fire tenders.

The Court said the six were within their rights to convene at the National Assembly for a demonstration over the fire engines and that they did what was required of them by notifying police in time.

Civil society activist, Laura Miti, musician Fumba Chama  aka Pilato and Patriot for Economic Progress (PeP) President Sean Tembo and 3 others were acquitted this morning.

The six were arrested last year when they protested at parliamentary grounds during the presentation of the national budget in 2017 by the Minister of Finance.

The protest was staged over the purchase of 42 fire tenders for $42million.

Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile discharged the activists for insufficient evidence presented by the prosecution.

They were represented by lawyer Keith Mweemba.