There was confusion at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court this afternoon when police rearrested Lusaka Province UPND chairman Obvious Mwaliteta and businessman James Sichomba after discharging them of the offence of possessing offensive weapons.
The State entered a nolle prosequi in the matter Mwaliteta and Sichomba are accused of possessing offensive weapons or material.
It is alleged that the duo on March 27 this year in Kafue had in their possession offensive weapons or materials, among them improvised machetes and a metal hoe.
They are also accused of being in possession of a wooden pick handle, two stones and a knife without lawful excuse.
The case is before Lusaka Magistrate Alice Walusiku.
When the matter came up , the State applied that the matter be discontinued because the Director of Public Prosecutions has entered a nolle prosequi.
But Mwaliteta’s lawyer Zevyanji Sinkala told the court that he filed an application to have the matter taken to the Lusaka High Court for constitutional reference.
Magistrate Walusiku, however, dismissed the defence’s application on grounds that the High Court already guided that the case be heard from Kafue.
The court then discharged Mwaliteta and Sichomba.
After they were released, police rearrested them outside the courtroom before taking them to Kafue.
Police had a tough time taking the suspects to the police car because UPND supporters prevented them from apprehending Mwaliteta and Sichomba.
Police had to fire warning shots to disperse Mwaliteta’s supporters.
The police managed to overpower the cadres and later sped off with the suspects.