8 December 2012

Zambia: Lusaka MMD Youth Leader Arraigned for Assaulting Kachingwe

MMD Lusaka Province youth chairperson Watson Mtonga yesterday appeared in a magistrate's court for allegedly assaulting expelled national secretary Richard Kachingwe and two others.

Mtonga, 42, of Mtendere Township, is facing three counts of occasioning actual bodily harm on Major Kachingwe, MMD sympathiser Gregory Chifire and MMD national youth chairperson Tobias Kafumukache on December 1, this year.

Lusaka Resident Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile read the charges and in his response, Mtonga denied assaulting any of the three people at the party secretariat last Saturday.

Defence lawyer Makebie Zulu of Fred Zulu and Company applied for bail, saying his client was of fixed abode and that he would abide by the court's conditions.

The State did not object to the application for bail.

In her ruling, Ms Mikalile granted Mtonga bail of K10 million in his own recognisance and that he should provide two working sureties.

The case was adjourned to January 22, next year for trial.

Mtonga was arrested on Monday this week in connection with the assault of Maj Kachingwe who was harassed at the secretariat where a 'Good Samaritan' went to his rescue and drove him away.

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