THE case in which two Patriotic Front (PF) officials are charged with obstructing a police officer from performing his duty was yesterday adjourned to August 18.
This was after the defence lawyer Chitala Chanda of G.M Legal Practitioners applied for an adjournment so that he could have time to get full instructions from his clients.
This is in a case in which PF Copperbelt provincial chairman Stephen Kainga, 49, of house number M2, Mukuba Secondary School compound is jointly charged with Copperbelt provincial PF youth vice chairman Stanley Chandindi for allegedly obstructing a police officer from performing his duty.
The offence is contrary to section 250(b) of the laws of Zambia.
Appearing before Kitwe principal resident magistrate Ikechukwu Iduma, the defence lawyer applied for an adjournment of the case so that he could have more time to get full instructions from his clients.
Mr Chanda said he had no time to get full instructions from his clients and so he was making an application for an adjournment.
“Am applying for an adjournment so that I can get full instructions from my clients and prepare adequately for trial. I humbly submit that the prosecution will not be prejudiced in any way as the matter is coming up for trial for the first time,” said the defence lawyer.
The State did not object to the application for an adjournment by the defence lawyer, but advised the accused who are on bail to ensure they appeared before the court at the date they are supposed to appear.
Magistrate Iduma adjourned the case to August 18 for commencement of trial.