By Staff Reporter
Four State Witnesses who are all Police officers from Force Headquarters have stayed away from a court hearing without any explanation.
The four officers are: Ngulube, Daka, Mulenga and Mvula.
The accused 10 allege that the said officers are the ones who allegedly sprayed chemicals on the private parts when they found them at the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s residence on the night of 10th April, 2017, when Police raided his house.
When the matter came up for hearing this morning, the said officers who the accused say are also linked to the treason charge slapped on the UPND President failed to show up before Magistrate Hamaundu.
The state prosecutors stated that they were not aware as to why the state witnesses did not come to court when they were warned sternly last time.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Hamaundu has warned that the state witnesses must state why they absconded the court hearing without reason despite them being warned.
She also stated that the failure by the state witnesses to follow the last court order that they handle back all items including money and press kits they allegedly grabbed from the accused is tantamount to contempt of court adding that the Police must also get ready for a possible citing in the next sitting.
Magistrate Hamaundu has since adjourned the matter to 27 July, 2017 for trial as state witnesses today failed to show up before her.
Meanwhile, the said officers: Ngulube, Daka, Mulenga and Mvula were after the court hearing seen outside the court loitering about.
This is in a matter in which UPND President Hakainde Hichilema’s Deputy Press Secretary Brian Mwiinga, UPND Senior Member William Banda and 8 others are charged with obstruction of police officers from arresting the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema on the 10th of April, 2017.