THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has discontinued proceedings, through a nolle prosequi, of a case in which Bishop Rose Kayanda of Jesus Soul Winning Ministry was jointly charged with 13 of her followers with aggravated robbery.
However, the 14 accused persons were immediately rearrested for assault after they were set free.
The accused allegedly battered Lusaka magistrate Nsunge Chanda and her husband Rabson over a land dispute.
Kayanda and her 13 church members, aged between 22 and 52, had been charged with three counts of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and malicious damage to property.
When the matter came up for mention before magistrate Kenneth Mulife yesterday, the state applied to discontinue the matter.
Kayanda and her co-accused did not object.
However, the accused persons were rearrested immediately after leaving the courtroom.
It is alleged that Kayanda and 13 others (six men and seven women) on September 25 this year in Lusaka, attacked the couple with planks, stones and iron bars and stole one chitenge material, a pair of slippers and K4,000 cash.
It is further alleged that the accused used or threatened to use actual violence against Ms Chanda in order to overcome resistance.
In the third count, Kayanda and her 13 co-accused were charged with malicious damage to property and are alleged to have on the same day destroyed 200 blocks, 10 pockets of cement, three shovels, two wheelbarrows and damaged a windscreen of a Hummer vehicle altogether worth K77,200, the property of Ms Chanda’s husband, Rabson.
Zambia Daily Mail