Thu. Aug 22nd, 2019

When I heard they’d guns, I acted, Cop tells court

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By ALICE NACHILEMBE
A police officer at Chingola Central Police said that he acted swiftly, when he heard that there were men with guns who were being trained by a Chinese.

Information Department Officer in Charge at Chingola Central Police Chief Inspector Given Musonda said when he received a call that men were being trained inside a wall fence at Rapid construction along Kasope road.

Mr Musonda 45, told the court that he received call from a concerned member of the public who preferred anonymity, telling him that the men being trained had guns.

He was testifying in the case in which 14 men including a Chinese national were arrested for alleged illegal military training.

Mr Musonda said upon receiving that he acted on the report and informed the Criminal Investigations Officer (CIO) for further action.

This is in a case were a Chinese national and 13 Zambian men are facing two counts of unlawful drilling.

Those appearing before Magistrate Martin Namushi are Liang Bin Giang a Chinese National facing two counts of weapon training persons unlawfully without lawful permission and in the second count he is jointly accused with 13 other Zambians for unlawful drilling contrary to the laws of Zambia.

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.

The matter has since been adjourned to August 7, for continuous of trail.

All the Zambians are represented by Legal Aid.

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