THE Lusaka magistrate’s court has threatened to revoke bail granted to Patriotic Front (PF) Lusaka provincial youth chairperson Kennedy Kamba if it is proved that that he is interfering with witnesses.
Principal magistrate Obister Musukwa issued the warning following reports by the State that the defence was threatening witnesses who were now scared to appear in court to give evidence.
This is in a matter in which Kamba, 39, a business executive of Rockfield in Lusaka is facing one count of proposing violence and breaching the law on assembly.
It is alleged that Kamba on November 7, 2013 in Lusaka, without lawful excuse to any assembly, did make a statement indicating or implying that it would be incumbent or desirable to do any acts calculated to cause death or physical injury to any person or any class or community of persons namely, other PF members.
When the matter came up for commencement of trial yesterday, Kamba’s lawyer Abraham Mwansa informed the court that the defence was ready.
The arresting officer Kezi Siame from Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe police post called out the names of the State witnesses but none was present.
Mr Bwalya then informed the court that the witnesses were not before court but he had information that the defence was threatening them.
He told Mr Musukwa when asked whether he had served summons on the witnesses that the summons were served through their PF leaders.
Mr Bwalya saidthe summons was served on the Munali Constituency chairperson but he had information that the defence was threatening the witnesses.
Mr Musukwa, who gave the State the benefit of doubt over its allegations, warned the defence against interfering with the witnesses.
He said he would not hesitate to revoke Kamba’s bail if the allegations were proved to be true.
The matter comes up for trial on January 13, 2014.
However, Mr Mwansa defended his client, saying there was no proof over the allegations by the State as there was no evidence adduced.
Times of Zambia