TWO police officers from the Kabwe Municipal Council and one from the Zambia Police on Tuesday testified in the matter in which Kabwe’s immediate past mayor Moses Mwansa stands charged with assault contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Mr. Mwansa has denied the charge.
Mr. Fidellis Mubila, the victim told Kabwe Magistrate Sebastian Mwenya that he sustained injuries on the left cheek and arm after Mr. Mwansa punched him when he (Mubila) was in the company of other council and State police officers on an operation to close down bars that were operating beyond the designated hours.
The incident happened when the team pounced on Mr. Mwansa’s bar called ‘3rd May, 2000’ in Kabwe’s Mine compound.
Mr. Mubila told the court that Mr. Mwansa had earlier threatened to hit him with a shovel but was restrained by the former mayor’s wife who grabbed the shovel from him.
He said after being punched, he reported the matter to Kasanda police station where he was issued with a medical report and sought treatment from Kabwe General Hospital.
And another municipal police officer, Thomas Banda, told the court that Mr. Mwansa had resisted the closure of his bar and was very violent on the material day.
Constable Robinson Manunga of Chowa police station said after displaying violent behaviour, Mr. Mwansa was bundled in a police vehicle but managed to overpower the police and went back to where Mr. Mubila was.
He however said he did not personally see Mr. Mwansa hit the complainant.
And Mr. Mwansa, a retired soldier and PF councillor for Justin Kabwe ward, denied the charge and refuted the witnesses’s statements in court.
He said it was not possible for him to have charged only at Mr. Mubila when there was a team of about eight officers in the operation.
The matter has been adjourned to 7th April for continued trial, when five other witnesses are expected to testify.
Mr Mwansa’s bail was extended.