Politics

Witness Testifies in Treason Case

State witness Chitongo Lubita, a social worker and now plumber at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital, has testified that UPND member and Lusaka businessman Mwangala Nkonde Ngalande made plans to gun down the presidential plane as a means to overthrow President Edgar Lungu’s government.

Mr Lubita was testifying on Friday in the matter Mr Ngalande is charged with one count of treason for allegedly attempting to overthrow the administration of President Lungu.

The 58-year-old Mr Ngalande of plot number 7 Ben Bella Road in Roma Township was arrested on November 26, 2019, on allegations that he, between August 1, 2019 and December 1, 2019 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, prepared or endeavored to overthrow by unlawful means, the government of the Republic of Zambia as by law established.

His charge is accompanied by three overt acts which allege that during the same period, he conspired with Simon Njobvu to assassinate the Head of State, Chief Justice Ireen Mambalima, Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini, Defence minister Davies Chama and Service Chiefs.

Other allegations are that the accused conspired with Mr Njobvu to source for international funding and actually obtained $1.6 million to use in their plans to overthrow the government of the Republic of Zambia.

The court heard that 10 people were so far recruited to execute the plan after some military training.

 A preliminary inquiry was instituted into the matter by Chief Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale to ascertain whether or not there is sufficient evidence to warrant trial in Mr Ngalande’s matter following an application by the accused’s lawyer Ms Martha Mushipe, who is also a staunch UPND member.

Testifying before the court on Friday, Mr Lubita narrated how the accused shared strategies with him on how to remove President Lungu from Office while they were drinking whisky and eating nshima at a certain place behind Ndeke hotel in Lusaka on September 13, 2019.

According to his testimony, the accused person even demonstrated to him how to gun down the plane as the presidential helicopter flew over them while they drank their whisky.

Mr Lubita said Ngalande even made a suggestion that the best days to gun down the plane was on Independence Day or National Day of Prayer held on October 18.

He also mentioned that it was Mr Angelos Krasmire who introduced him to Ngalande is believed to be the owner of the house where they met with the accused.

  The witness further told the court that Mr Ngalande told him that he was also working with a Zambia Air Force (ZAF) colonel on the plan to overthrow the government, saying they planned to either use the Zimbabwean style of paying people to demonstrate on the streets or use the military.

The matter was later reported to police, leading to Mr Ngalande’s arrest.

 

22 Comments

  1. Sam

    Jesus Christ what is happening in Zambia why would someone think of that

  2. Peter

    Can someone please help me with the exactly meaning of this word “Treason”. Alot of people do not understand it.

    • Jungle unchained

      Treason it’s an attempt to overthrow the government,,,,,,but in this case it’s a plan to overthrow.but why treason???

  3. wasu

    all these are fake plans of tryin to silence upnd b4 2021 general elections its like pf wants to be in power 4reva. wat a party! upnd cant remove u but we the people can, watch out!

  4. predator

    always ard upnd its this media is for pf

  5. Wakwashinyangala

    This is the fake news people who in be kind to one another you don’t know that GOD watching remember jurgament coming , whether or not pf you are going those things it shows that you wanted to silence upnd , and If you silence upnd we will vote for the other political party

  6. Kitotwe

    @wakashinyangala, say I will not all of us are for your idea. You think everyone will vote your way? Not at all. You always win on social media. Wait for 2021 my friend lol.

    • Kk

      I love Upnd and the white wash thinking. It is the people who will vote pf out of power. That is true, it is the people that will vote Upnd into power. Also true. Further it was the people that did not vote for Upnd up to majority and that is true. It is the people that may not vote Upnd to majority. To think otherwise is utter foolishness. I see elections in court again wait and see.

  7. WWE

    @kitotwe pf depends on rigging if you go around people are complaining about enconomic hardship this shows pf has lost it all, pf is onry gud at hiking, mune dont hide life is hard under pf yakosa if they dont rigg 2021 wil c there exit

  8. Bryson

    This is bad otherwise shoot the culprit to death

  9. Apostle Elijah maketo

    Only God Almighty knw every thing God bless zambia

  10. Apostle Elijah maketo

    Only God Almighty knws every thing God bless zambia

  11. Bsiamc

    Legal chutzpa and Hullabaloo reporting! The reporter has convoluted the facts. Besides, the charge as reported by the reporter are so defective and contradictory so much that even a rookie wouldn’t file such charges. It is alleged that the accused acted with unknown co-conspirators , overt act in other charge lists top ranking govt officials. None of them is standing charged. The witness’ recount is unbelievable. Full of sort of hallucinations. Drinking whisky and eating Nshima! Sourced operation fund with no trail found.

  12. Bsiamc

    Legal chutzpa and Hullabaloo reporting! The reporter has convoluted the facts. Besides, the charge as reported by the reporter are so defective and contradictory so much that even a rookie wouldn’t file such charges. It is alleged that the accused acted with unknown co-conspirators , overt act in other charge lists top ranking govt officials. None of them is standing charged. The witness’ recount is unbelievable. Full of sort of hallucinations. Drinking whisky and eating Nshima! Sourced operation fund with no trail found.

  13. Bsiamc

    Typical kachasu story. Sounded like a nightmare. What were the thinking?

  14. Curtis

    Drinking kachasu, what could you expect, Soberiety or drunk ?

  15. Ntombela Kulepuka

    Fimabange ifyo. Hav u eva eaten insadima while ulekanda umolokoso?

  16. Kk

    I love Upnd and the white wash thinking. It is the people who will vote pf out of power. That is true, it is the people that will vote Upnd into power. Also true. Further it was the people that did not vote for Upnd up to majority and that is true. It is the people that may not vote Upnd to majority. To think otherwise is utter foolishness. I see elections in court again wait and see.

  17. Champesha

    Pls be careful judges because u charge read Proverbs 12v22-23 and Ukufuma 23v1 be honest and fear God

  18. Ellie sampa, engineering manager smelter

    I wonder why the courts are wasting time on such useless cases

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