By DELPHINE ZULU
FORMER vice-president Nevers Mumba has been found with a case to answer on two counts of criminal trespass and giving false information to a public officer.
Magistrate David Simusamba in his ruling yesterday placed the accused on his defence, saying the prosecution had proved the ingredients on both charges.
“The prosecution has established a prima facie case against you on both charges. You are accordingly put on your defence,” Mr Simusamba said.
Particulars in count one were that Mumba on November 8, last year, did give false information to a police officer Gladson Mwanza that he had an appointment with a Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) editor.
In count two, Mumba, who is also former Zambian High Commissioner to Canada and MMD president, jointly and whilst acting with others unlawfully entered ZNBC newsroom with intent to intimidate and annoy staff on the same date.
Mumba was also alleged at the time he stormed ZNBC newsroom, to have threatened that he would make sure that the inauguration of then President-Elect Edgar Lungu did not take place.
He is said to have accused ZNBC and its editors of misleading the nation.
Mr Simusamba said some witnesses testified that Mumba used Bemba words, which when interpreted, were meant to intimidate and belittle the people he addressed.
He said when the police officers investigated the matter, they discovered that Mumba actually had no appointment with any editor at ZNBC.
Mumba has since told the court that he would give his defence on oath and would call five witnesses.
The matter comes up on February 14, this year.