Barotseland activists’ case adjourned

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The Kaoma Magistrates’ Court has adjourned the case in which three Barotseland activists are charged with publication of false news with intent to alarm and cause fear or to disturb peace contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Nayoto Mwenda, 32, Boris Muziba, 36, and Sikwibele Wasilota, 33, were scheduled to appear in the Kaoma Magistrates’ Court for continued trial on April 29 before Mongu Resident Magistrate Julius Malata.

But state prosecutor, Situmbeko Kalima, applied for the case to be adjourned to May 12 and 20 for mention and continued trial respectively.

Mr Kalima informed the court that the case could not precede as both the trial magistrate, Julius Malata and the lead state prosecutor, Susan Mwakalombe, were not in court to proceed with the matter which was supposed to come for continued trial.

However, the trio, who were appearing before Kaoma Magistrate, Borniface Mwala, objected to the adjournment, saying the State was infringing on their inalienable rights as they have been in detention for over 90 days.

Magistrate Mwala said he had placed the accused persons’ concerns on record but was not their trial court and adjourned the matter accordingly.

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