Twenty suspected Patriotic Front cadres alleged to have been found in possession of offensive weapons and causing terror at Soweto market and the bus station, have appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates Court for explanation of the charge.
Before Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya were Patrick Mumba, Ricky Phiri, Stephen Mwalalabala, Charles Nkoya, Eliot Kamusa, William Muteba, Gideon Muteba, Collins Ngandu , Laston Phiri, Kopolo Francis, Brian Buloko, Joseph Chileshe, Jeff Mwale, Enock Mwale, Allan Kampamba, Stephen Banda, Namakando Nyambe, Misheck Tembo, Webster Kalunga, Osward Senanga and Anthony Chabala.
The men appeared in court for an explanation of the charge for the alleged offence and they told the court that they understood the charge which was leveled against them.
They are facing one count of being in possession of offensive weapons contrary to Section 85 of the laws of Zambia.
The men are on February 19 this year, jointly and while acting together with others unknown, without any lawful authority or an excuse, had in their possession offensive weapons namely chains, metal rods, pick handles, wire cable hooks, machetes, knives and catapults. They are expected to appear in court on March 10 for another mention while awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The accused were arrested last Saturday following intra-party clashes in Lusaka allegedly organized by a political gang known as the