GBM assault case adjourned

Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba - GBM
Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba - GBM

THE case in which Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba is charged with assault could not be held yesterday in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court because he is unwell.

Magistrate Prince Mwiinga adjourned Mwamba’s case to July 24 for mention and August 18 for commencement of trial.
Mwamba is accused of assaulting Collins Mudayi, a logistics officer at the legislator’s Arizona Marketing and Distribution Company.
The former Minister of Defence is charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
“I hereby grant the application and adjourn this matter to July 24 for mention and trial on August 18 and 19, 2014.
“I hope this is the first application of this nature to be made by the defence,” Mr Mwiinga said.
He also granted an application by the defence to have Mwamba’s case mentioned in his absence on July 24.
Earlier, one of Mwamba’s lawyers, Mutakela Lisimba, said the defence was unable to proceed with the matter because Mwamba is unwell.
“We are ready to proceed this morning [yesterday] except our client informed us that he was not feeling well due to some discomfort he developed,” Mr Lisimba said.
He said the defence did not want to subject Mwamba to further discomfort during trial.
Mr Lisimba said the defence lawyers informed the prosecution about the position and had a medical report to prove that Mwamba is unwell.
Another defence lawyer, Jonas Zimba, requested that Mwamba be excused from attending court proceedings when the matter comes up for mention on July 24.
Particulars of the offence are that Mwamba, on May 14 this year in Lusaka, assaulted Mr Mudayi thereby occasioning him actual bodily harm.
According to the Penal Code, any person who commits assault occasioning actual bodily harm is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for a term of up to five years.


Zambia Daily Mail