Nine in court over Kanyama riot

NINE people arrested in Kanyama township in Lusaka following a riot over an alleged defilement case involving a local traditional healer and a 16-year-old girl, have appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.

The nine – six adults and three juveniles – denied the charge under count one except for one who denied it under count two. The adults are Richard Nkhoma, 28, Mike Siwale, 23, Harrison Mubita, 30, Major Kunda, 28, Albert Mwansa and Paul Mulenga, 31. They told Magistrate Chitalu they understood the charge but denied committing the offence.

Nkhoma, Siwale, Chuma, Mubita, Kunda, Mwansa and three juveniles are in count one alleged to have on December 26 this year jointly and while acting together with other persons unknown did take part in a riot.

In count two Paul Mulenga on the same date while acting together with other persons unknown allegedly did take part in a riot.

The court granted bail to two of the juveniles in the sum of K 5, 000 each with two traceable working sureties.

The bail was granted after a lawyer representing the two accused juveniles Mr. N. Simubala applied.

The accused were arrested in Kanyama township in Lusaka on Saturday evening following a riot over an alleged defilement case involving a local traditional healer and a 16-year-old girl. This was after word went round that the  traditional doctor allegedly had carnal knowledge of a 16-year-old at his clinic located behind a block of shops and bars which the accused has rented out to different people. A mob looted shops believed to belong to the traditional healer’s tenants and also damaged the building at which he prescribed his charms. The matter comes up on January 12, 2016 for commencement of trial

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