Prosecutors, charge sheets missing as M’membe arrives court to face case of assault


The matter in which Socialist Party President, Fred M’membe, is facing assault charges could not take off on Friday because the Prosecutors were not before court.

Additionally, the charge sheet was not also available before court.

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When M’membe and his lawyers who include Simon Mwila arrived at the Lusaka Magistrate Court, they found an empty court room.

His lawyers were advised by a Court official to make appearance on Tuesday because the charge sheet was neither before the court nor the Prosecutors.

Speaking to Journalists outside court, the opposition leader said it was shocking that the State was quick to arrest him but not ready to prosecute him.

He proceeded to Woodlands Police for bail extension.

On Tuesday, M’membe was jointly arrested with his body guard, Daniel Mumba, on charges of assault.

He faces one count of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Plice Spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, in a statement said the opposition leader on April 8, 2023 in Serenje District, Central Province with intent to maim, disfigure or disable or do some grievous harm shot at Emmanuel Simposya using a firearm causing him to sustain injuries on the head.

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