ENOCK KADEMAUNGA writes
A DEVINER and a business executive of Lusaka have been taken to court for allegedly pretending to exercise supernatural powers and professing knowledge of witchcraft.
In this case Kanala Mbimbano, 44 and Brenda Kwalombota, 53 are charged with imputing witchcraft, professional witch doctor and professing knowledge of witchcraft.
It is alleged in the first count that in April 3, 2019 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, Mbimbano and Kwalombota threatened to accuse Kaungwe Chimama and Teddy Njamba as being a witch and a wizard.
In the second count, it is alleged that between December 14, 2018 and December 18, 2018 in Lusaka Mbimbano named himself or indicated or and or proved to be by habit or profession as a witchdoctor or witchfinder.
It is alleged in the third count that on the same dates, Mbimbano pretended to exercise some kind of supernatural power, witchcraft, sorcery or enchantment calculated to cause such fear, annoyance or injury .
Chief resident magistrate, Lameck Mwale allocated the case to magistrate Ruth Kapulo where the two accused persons are expected to appear for plea.
Meanwhile a pupil of Garden Chilulu Township accused of defaming President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has been granted K5000 bail.
In this case the 16-year-old juvenile is facing one count of defamation of the President.
It is alleged that on December 2, 2019 in Lusaka with intent to bring the name of the Republican President into hatred or ridicule the pupil unlawfully publish defamatory image of the Republican President.
The juvenile pleaded guilty before Lusaka Magistrate Albert Mwaba.
However, the court entered an equivocal plea [a plea of not guilty] after the juvenile said he had no intentions to defame.
When asked why he published the defamatory image, the pupil said he did not know what he was doing.
He denied having the intention of bringing the President’s name into ridicule or disrepute.
When the matter came up on Tuesday magistrate Mwaba granted him bail of K5, 000 in his own recognizance.
He was also ordered to provide one working surety bound in the like sum.
The matter has been adjourned to February 4, 2020 for trial.