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Jay Banda pleads not guilty to one count of unlawful assembly

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Suspended Eastern Province PF youth chairperson Emmanuel Jay Banda has pleaded not guilty to one count of unlawful assembly in the Chipata Magistrates’ Court.

Mr Banda 35 of plot number 504 Petauke turn off appeared before senior resident magistrate Boniface Mwala.

Particulars of the offence are that Mr Banda on 20 th August 2020 with intent to commit an offence or to carry out some common purpose, jointly and whilst acting together with another person unknown did unlawfully hold a procession from Chipata’s Protea Hotel to Luangwa House thereby conducting themselves in a manner as to cause persons in the neighborhood to reasonable fear, a breach of the peace.Jay Banda pleads not guilty to one count of unlawful assembly

Magistrate Mwala granted Banda bail in his own recognisance with two working sureties admitted to the sum of K20 000 each.

During the bail application, defense lawyer John Phiri said his client was unwell and was just gotten from Chipata Central Hospital where he is receiving treatment.

Magistrate Mwala adjourned the matter to 15 September 2020 for mention and 24 and 25 September 2020 for the commencement of trial.

Plain clothed and informed Police officers kept vigil at the Chipata magistrates’ court as the suspended youth leader was appearing in court.

Source: Lusaka  Times

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