PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Copperbelt provincial chairman Stephen Kainga has been found with a case to answer by the Kitwe Magistrate Court and has been put on his defence.
Kitwe Principal Resident Magistrate Ikechukwu Iduma found Kainga with a case to answer and put him on the defence in a case where he is charged with obstructing a police officer from performing his duties contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
This is a matter in which Kainga and PF Copperbelt Vice-youth chairman Stanley Chandindi are jointly charged with obstructing a police officer from performing his duties.
Particulars are that the duo, on July 15, this year, in Kitwe, jointly and whilst acting together, obstructed a Zambia Police officer from executing his duties. Kainga and Chandindi have both denied the charge.
When the matter came up for ruling yesterday, Principal Resident Magistrate Ikechukwu Iduma said there was enough evidence that the accused obstructed police officers from conducting their duties.
“The state has proved that the accused stopped the police from conducting their duties. I note that there is evidence before me that a gun was fired. I am of the firm belief that a prime-facie case has been established and found the accused with a case to answer and put them on their defence,” Magistrate Iduma said.
Kainga’s lawyer Chitala Chali applied for an adjournment to allow the defense to prepare.
“Your honour, we will call three witnesses for our defence. We apply for an adjournment to enable us prepare for defence,” Chali said.
Magistrate Iduma adjourned the matter to November 9, 2015 for defence.