Seek police protection, Father Bwalya advised

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Seek police protection, Father Bwalya advised


Kasama, 21/01/2014 ZANIS—: The Kasama Magistrate Court has advised Alliance for Better Zambia leader Fr. Frank Bwalya to seek police protection if he feels his life is in danger.

Kasama Principal Resident Magistrate Vincent Siloka says as a Zambian citizen, Fr Bwalya is entity to police protection whenever his life is threatened.

Magistrate Siloka said this in his ruling when Fr. Bwalya complained to the court that some unknown individuals were allegedly after his life.

This was when the ABZ leader appeared in the Kasama Magistrate Court for mention today in a case in which he is charged with defamation of the President and proposing violence to contrary to the laws of Zambia.

During the court proceeding, Fr. Bwalya claimed that some unknown people were trailing his vehicle from Lusaka up to Kasama, where he was due to appear in court for mention.

He said following the ordeal, he does not feel safe alleging that some people wanted to harm him.

Fr. Bwalya further claimed that a lot of mysterious things were happening in his life hence making him insecure.

But when contacted for a comment, Northern Province Police Commissioner Mary Chikwanda said the police are not aware of threats on Fr. Bwalya’s life as no report has been made to any police station.

She has since urged the opposition leader to lodge a formal complaint to the police over his allegations.

At the last court hearing, Fr. Bwalya pleaded not guilty to defaming the President and proposing violence in the Kasama Magistrate Court and was granted a K10,000 bail with two working sureties.

Particulars of the charges are that in the first count, Fr. Bwalya while on a live programme on Radio Mano in Kasama is alleged to have uttered defamatory words with intent to put the name of the President into ridicule, hatred and contempt contrary to the law.

In the second count, Fr. Bwalya is accused of proposing violence through his utterances during the same radio program.

Trial in the matter will commence on 6th February, 2014.