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Mfuwe lawmaker, Mabonga, granted bail, as trial set for July 3


The Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has granted bail to Maureen Mabonga, the Member of Parliament for Mfuwe constituency.

Magistrate Trevor Kasanda admitted her to bail, considering her fixed residence as a parliamentarian and lack of flight risk.

The bail was set at K150,000 in her own recognition with conditions that she surrenders her passport and provides two working sureties bound on similar conditions.

Mabonga faces two counts of seditious practices for allegedly inciting civil unrest between May 25 and 28, 2024.

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She was accused of making statements that could be construed as inciting violence against a specific ethnic group by linking the disappearance of Petauke Central MP Emmanuel Jay Banda to an ethnic attack on the people of Eastern Province.

After her release from Chimbokaila prison, Maureen Mabonga stated that her experience had made her stronger, comparing it to the pain of childbirth, which she had experienced three times.

She expressed determination to forge on, saying that her time in detention had not weakened her spirit.

The trial is set to begin on July 3, 2024.

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