LUSAKA Magistrate Sheila Mweene has strongly warned National Revolution Party leader Cosmo Mumba to desist from interfering with potential witnesses in a matter in which two of his followers have been charged with threatening violence.
Ms Mweene warned Mumba and the two accused – Peter Chimbala and Mtendere Mwanza – after a complaint by Mr Chitambala Mwewa, director of administration at Simoson Building, who told the court that Mumba threatened to deal with the complainant’s secretary if she testified against the accused persons because they were well connected.
Mr Mwewa told the court that Mr Mumba told the secretary that if she dared to testify against Chimbala and Mwanza he would follow her to her place and kill her.
Ms Mweene told the accused to also desist from threatening violence through Mr Mumba.
She said the accused should not take advantage of their being granted bail as the court could revoke it any time.
Ms Mweene further warned Mr Mumba that he should not at any time threaten the witnesses despite the fact that he was a public figure.
In this case Chimbala and Mwanza denied the charge of threatening violence against Mr Mwewa.
They told the court that they understood the charge leveled against them but denied committing the offence.
It is alleged that the duo on October 27,last year jointly and while acting together with others unknown did threaten violence to Mr Mwewa by exposing a pistol and a screw driver.
The matter could not proceed into trial after the accused asked the court to adjourn the matter so that they could engage a lawyer.
The matter comes up on Aril 25 for trial.