THE Lusaka Magistrates Court has heard how Nevers Mumba stormed ZNBC when he allegedly told the Police Officers on duty that he had an appointment with the news Editor a night after he was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.
A witness, Constable Rabson Mwanza, told the court that he was one of the officers deployed to operate from ZNBC premises. He allowed Dr. Mumba to enter the premises after he allegedly told him that he had an appointment with the news Editor and that he knew Dr. Mumba was a public figure.
Mr Mwanza further told the court that when the accused arrived at the Mass media Complex in the company of a friend, his junior officer Moses Mwanza walked to the car to speak with him as per procedure as any person entering the premises must be screened for security reasons.
And that on the material day, his junior officer recognised Dr. Mumba and that he had to call him, as a supervisor, to talk to Dr Mumba, and that he did that through military signs.
He further told the court that upon seeing that, he went and spoke to Dr. Mumba and allowed him to enter without even entering his details in the log book because of Dr. Mumba’s status.
And when asked why he did not call the newsroom to confirm Dr. Mumba’s alleged appointment with the Editor, he replied that the extension line was not functional, stating that was the reason why he did not make any follow up. Another witness, Kafwembe Bwalya, also testified that on the material date Dr. Mumba arrived at the Mass media Complex in the company of his friend and after talking with him, he recognised him. When he asked him what his agenda was at the premises, Dr Mumba told him that he had an appointment with the news Editor
Mr Bwalya told the court that he did not receive any complaint from anyone regarding Dr. Mumba’s visit at the Station.
He further told court that he did not enter Dr. Mumba’s details in the log book because he was a well-known person to him.
Mr Bwalya added that when Dr. Mumba entered the premises, he only saw him parking his vehicle in the car park but did not know exactly where he went to or whom he met.
The matter was adjourned to a later date for continuation of trial.