Chingola illegal drills: I was desperate for the job, so I joined

Defence witness says he did not even question the credibility of the Chinese who engaged them to pose as security guard in the video.

Sydney Mupeta 26, one of the accused persons told the court he was desperate for a job so he didn’t even care about the content on the contract so he just signed.

Mupeta told the court that the job was simple so he didn’t suspect anything unusual.

Another accused person Muloiso Mkandawire 23, said the people that reported the case of illegal military training had misled the police.

He told the court that the men that appeared as security guards in the video were simply putting up an act.

Mkandawire said he was not suspicious of what was happening during their illegal drill because he was doing what was signed on the contract form.

He said though they repeated what the Chinese was telling them in Chinese language he was able to translate it with the language translating app on his phone, hence he was not worried.

He continued putting an act on the videos because the translation of the messages they were sending in Chinese was as explained by the Chinese messages to wish people well and some advertisement.

The other two witnesses Arthur Sinkonde 28, Joseph Phiri 23,  told the court that they were just told at their respective gyms that there was a Chinese who was offering employment to people with muscular bodies.

Particulars of the offense are that Bin Giang 32, of Makeni Lusaka, James Banda 20, of House number 26 Andrew Mwenya road Chiwempala, Martin Chinyama 25, H No. 61 Kanongesha road Chiwempala, Samson Sinkala 19, of 82/B11 Kamba Drive Nchanga North, Joseph Phiri 23, and Isaac Phiri 25 both of 12 Lwele road Chikola, Kellison Kapasa 27, of 4 Kazunga street Nchanga North, Bruce Simukonda 23, of 39 Old Airport Nchanga North, Muloiso Mkandawire 23, of 12 pine Kabundi North.

Others are Albert Mwansa 23, of 6956 Lupando Street Nchanga North, Elias Mwale 21, of 25/35 Makeni Lusaka, Sydney Mupeta 26, of KB8 Kafue Makeni Lusaka, Arthur Sinkonde 28, of Namwala Street Nchanga North, Pintu Boniface 31, of NC4 Namwala Street Nchanga North.

On July 16, were being drilled in weapon training without authority.

Magistrate Martin Namushi has since adjourned the matter to November 29, December 13 for mention and December 27, for Judgement.

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