The 19 UPND cadres who were arrested in Lusaka and charged with unlawful drilling after being found in possession of offensive weapons have denied the charge in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.
Before Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile were Sam Tembo, Elan Tembo, Cosmas Njovu, Warren Bwalya Sofoti Mwamba, Francis Natasha Hamusonde, Clement Phiri, Cornel Simwika , Moses Chilufya, Justine Banda, Gift Kalunga, Chosha Mwanza, Henry Chilufya, Lovewell Mwansa Edgar Kasokwe, Gerald Mtonga, Paul Daka, Philip Muyende, Micheal Muvunda and Alex Mulenga.
The 19 are facing a charge of unlawful drilling contrary to section 66 of the laws of Zambia.
And in denying the charge they told the court that they understood the charged leveled against them but denied being guilty.
They are alleged to have on February 27 assembled without the permission of the President to be trained or drilled in the use of arms or the practice of military exercise, movements or evolutions.
They are expected to appear on March 10 for commencement of trial.
Zambia Police on Saturday raided and apprehended 21 people suspected to be UPND Cadres for unlawful drilling and being found in possession of offensive.
They were arrested when police raided the premises belonging to UPND Vice President for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, located on Luanshya Road near Zambia Revenue Authority.
Police said the action was after they received some intelligence information that there were people suspected to have been carrying out trainings in defensive as well as other tactics with a view of causing violence ahead of the general elections.
Mr Eugene Sibote, the Deputy Inspector General of Police confirmed that during the search, Police officers recovered eight rounds of ammunition, three machetes, a spear and a golf stick which were found in in a sky blue Spacio registration Number ALT 6201 which had a female occupant on board.
He said a machete was also found in a green bus registration Number ALV 4631 and another machete in a grey Isuzu Vannette , registration Number AAP 9064.
Mr Sibote said the officers also recovered Cannabis which were found in a red Honda Stream registration Number ALL 9758.