UPND Cadre Denies Threatening Immigration Officer

A United Party for National Development (UPND) cadre has denied threatening an immigration officer with violence shortly before the August 11, 2016 general election.
Godwin Simangolwa, 36, a driver of Livingstone’s Dambwa Township is charged with threatening Kazungula immigration officer-in-charge Michael Banda with violence when he allegedly thought the UPND would win the elections.
He was appearing for trial in the Livingstone magistrates’ court before chief resident magistrate Willie Sinyangwe.
Particulars of the offence are that on August 10, 2016 in Kazungula with intent to cause alarm, Simangolwa threatened Mr Banda with injury by telling him that “something bad was going to happen to him”, a statement that alarmed him.
Mr Banda was about to enter his office around 08:30 hours when he met Simangolwa, who after seeing him told him to stop driving a Government vehicle because the UPND would take over.
Mr Banda told the court that Simangolwa also told him to stop visiting the Kazungula bridge construction site because government was about to change since the UPND would win the elections.
“I was also told that something bad would happen to me if I didn’t listen to his words. I did not respond to Simangolwa. I then decided to report the matter to Kazungula border post police,” he said.
And in defence, Simangolwa denied having threatened Mr Banda.
Simangolwa said he told Mr Banda to stop being partisan because he was not the first in-charge at the immigration office.
“I told him [Mr Banda] that he would also leave the office just like his predecessors. I never said that something bad would happen to him,” Simangolwa said.
The matter was adjourned to February 7 this year for judgement.