THE decision by the Lusaka Magistrates Court to release UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) in a matter he is charged with proposing violence is a sign of good democratic governance, says UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma.
Mr Kakoma commended the judiciary for ‘‘taking its course’’ in granting Mr Mwamba’s application for bail pending trial, adding that the decision was made in the interest of justice.
He said if the police had earlier released Mr Mwamba on police bond all the subsequent violence and teargasing could have been avoided.
Mr Kakoma said it was disheartening that the police refused to release Mr Mwamba on police bond without any justification and chose to traumatize and victimize him while in custody.
He added that it was pointless for the police to deny Mr Mwamba police bond when he was a well-known person who could have abided by any bond conditions.
The offence of proposing violence of which Mr Mwamba was facing was a bondable offence of which he was entitled to and enjoy his freedom until proven guilty by the courts of law.
Police in Lusaka arrested and charged Mr Mwamba for allegedly proposing violence or breaches of the law to assemblies contrary to Section 91(I) a and b of the Penal Code.
He was allegedly arrested in connection with a statement he made on Wednesday last week that he would go for President Edgar Lungu’s throat.
He was reported to police on Thursday by Patriotic Front deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya for allegedly threatening President Lungu.
Mr Mwamba’s arrest came barely a few days after he was arrested and charged with an offence of unlawful drilling and was released on police bond.
Mr Mwamba was on Monday this week released on K10,000 bail pending trial and is expected to appear in court in April for a commencement of trial and he is also expected to appear in court on March 10 to answer charges of unlawful drilling.