Driver denies assaulting Given Lubinda

By Staff Reporter
A DRIVER yesterday afternoon appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to assaulting Kabwata PF member of parliament Given Lubinda.
Martin Mambwe, a driver and four others; Patrick Mubanga, 40 a business executive, Major Chansa, 35 business man, Moses Mulenga, 33,  business executive  and businessman Goodson Mwange,  45 have also pleaded not guilty to proposing violence to Lubinda who is also Justice Minister.
Mambwe is in the first count charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
It is alleged that Mambwe on July 12, 2019 assaulted Lubinda occasioning him actual bodily harm.
In the second count, the five are charged with proposing violence or breach of the law to assemblies.
Mambwe, Mwale, Mubanga, Mulenga, Chansa on July 12 this year whilst acting together allegedly  proposed violence to Lubinda by saying, “We will beat you next time you step your foot in Kabwata market”.
The five pleaded not guilty to the offence of proposing violence while Mambwe also denied assaulting Lubinda before Chief magistrate, Lameck Mwale.
Mambwe ,Mwale, Mubanga, Mulenga, Chansa after pleading not guilty to the charges applied for bail pending trial through their defence lawyer Aggripa Malando.
Lawyer Malando told the court that  all the five stood charged with bailable offences and they were appearing as innocent unless proven otherwise.
He said they were ready to abide by the conditions set by the court.
Magistrate Mwale granted the accused persons K5,000 cash bail each with two working sureties who are  residents of Lusaka bound in the sum of K10, 000 each.
Trial commences on July 31.