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Gassing Lands Headman And 11 Others In Court

A headman and 11 other people have appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates Court on charges related to terrorism following their alleged involvement in gassing incidents that rocked Lusaka and other parts of the country.

The twelve from Chikankata, Kafue and Chingola are facing 15 counts related to terrorism.

Some of those accused are juveniles as young as 15.

They are charged with aiding, abetting, conspiracy of terrorist acts and proliferation.

Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale explained the charges the twelve are facing, after which the accused said they understood them.

Magistrate Mwale then told the accused that the case can only be tried by the High Court.

The accused later applied for bail but the State objected to their application saying the offences they’re facing are very serious.

State prosecutor Stuyvesant Malambo said bail should not be granted to the accused for the sake of their security.

But Laston Mwanabo, a lawyer representing some of the accused, urged the court to grant bail because the State’s arguments were based on speculation.

The other accused persons also prayed that they be admitted to bail, saying they are not a security threat because their families and communities would welcome them well if released.

Ruling on the bail application has been reserved to Monday next week.

The accused are Feston Mwanza, a farmer of Mulawo settlement in Chikankata, Bright Halwanza, a farmer of Nalwama Village in Chikankanta, Essau Zanene, a farmer of Nega-Nega in Chikankanta, Tom Jabala, a businessman of Kabweze in Kafue and Derrick Mwiinga, a businessman of Chikankanta and a 15-year-old grade nine pupil of Nalwama in Chikankata.

Others are Jabulani Phiri, a farmer of Nega-Nega in Chikankata, Osward Hamalala, a farmer of Chikankata and Charles Mungaila, a farmer of Chikankata, Sydney Hakalinda, a farmer and businessman of Nega-Nega in Chikankanta, Elijah Mwiinga, a charcoal burner of Kafue and Everisto Hamalala, a folk lifter of Chingola.

It is alleged that between February 1 and February 29, 2020 in Lusaka, the 12 aided, abetted, concealed, procured, incited or solicited the commission of a terrorist act or proliferation.

The second count alleges that during the same period, the12 accused persons committed a terrorist act intending to cause death or serious harm to Brenda Tembo by releasing into the environment dangerous, hazardous, harmful substance, toxic chemical or other toxins.

In the third count, it is alleged that between the same dates, the 12 committed a terrorist act intending to cause death or serious harm to Martha Mazaba by releasing into the environment dangerous, hazardous, harmful substance, toxic chemicals among other toxins.

In the fourth count, it is alleged that between the same dates, the 12 committed a terrorist act intending to cause death or serious harm to Emmanuel Lwaisha by releasing into the environment dangerous, hazardous, harmful substance, toxic chemicals among other toxins.

In counts five to 15, it is alleged that between the same the dates, the 12 committed a terrorist act intending to cause death or serious harm on 11 victims by releasing into the environment dangerous, hazardous, harmful substance, toxic chemicals among other toxins.

The victims are Emmanuel Lwaisha, Memory Banda, Taonga Banda, Esther Banda, Nathan Phiri and Violent Nyirenda, Anthony Nyirenda, Caroline Zulu, Minson Zulu and Regina Phiri.

Copyright © 2020 ZR.

19 Comments

  1. dance

    Where is spax???? So jail is only for poor people?? Injustice is source of chaos

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  2. stackson ngombe

    This gives a direction to the master minders looking at the people involved

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  3. Munda

    We want to see Spax behind bars!!

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  4. Rabson mwale m

    Don’t release them on a bail until they face a law. You have to be mature when are handling cases like this one, let others learn a lesson from them. There’s no need of giving them a bail, if they were poor people i hope you cannot even hear them because are poor and those are rich. Therefore, zambia is a corrupt nation than nations.

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  5. Jms

    God said and is not foolish when he said so, when you kill you will be killed also. Just govt officials destroying resources is also killing.

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  6. GO JAYZ

    SPAX MUST NOT LET FREE

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  7. GO JAYZ

    SPAX MUST NOT LET

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  8. Sacrificial Lambs

    How possible is it that such low level citizens could fail to disclose the names of those that sent them while in police custody, knowing our police doesn’t treat suspects with hand gloves but torture them for information? The operation was too complex and wide spread to consigned to suspects of this caliber, give us more!

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  9. Dove

    Spax is behind all that God is still revealling them.

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  10. Davies

    Who sent dem? tell us plz

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  11. Kunda Boniface

    I think these guys must face the law and please officers bail must not be granted to these guys untill enough evidence is given in short they must put behind bars

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  12. hakasene

    I can smell something. The manes awweeeee from katwishi katwishi?!!!!????????!!!!?

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  13. Nixon

    Poor chaps failed to come to their senses that they were just being used to seem like there is serious animosity between south and east. We saw the disabled also being used. Zambians wake up and say no to the pf tactics of divide and rule.

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  14. Jabulani

    How do you people handle these cases? Are those people charged on speculations or where caught in the act and bearing evidence? Don’t fool us, bail for those culprits should never be granted let the face the law. They should save so that others can learn from them. How many innocent people have been killed coz of these very criminals, are the courts of law not considering the lives lost? Our own prayerful warrior brother was killed during the same gassing incidence as they suspected him of being one of the gassers when in actual sense he went to the mounts to break his fasting. We are devastated as a community and all we want is to see those fools rot in prison…

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  15. Jabulani

    We are watching your movements, and when we talk ZCTA will be on our neck

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  16. mkango jw

    dont let them teach them a reason.Even cuting their ears so that they head wel to show them that no is no

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  17. ChaloBantu

    Please no granting of bails to people like those.

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  18. Mvula

    Make them disclose their bosses so that they can receive justice……

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