OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) national commander Innocent Kalimanshi and five others have been found with a case to answer in a matter they are charged with drug trafficking and unlawful use of property.
Lusaka magistrate Sanford Ngobola, however, has acquitted 22 accused persons who were charged with possession of offensive weapons.
In this case, Kalimanshi popularly known as Ama Americans was jointly charged with 27 others for drug trafficking, unlawful use of property and possession of offensive weapons but they all pleaded not guilty.
In the first, second and third counts, the accused persons are charged with possession of psychotropic substances.
The first count alleges that Titus Phiri, Nkandu Mundubi, Andrew Monde, Melvin Sichinga and Emmanuel Mwape on July 23, 2021, in Lusaka, did traffic in psychotropic substances namely 95.3 grams of cannabis, the product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
In count two, it is alleged that Andrew Monde on July 23, 2021, in Lusaka trafficked a psychotropic substance, namely 36 grams of cannabis, the product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
In the third count, it is alleged that Kalimanshi on July 23, 2021, in Lusaka did traffick 2.0 grams of cannabis, the product of cannabis sativa without lawful authority.
In the fourth count, it is alleged that Kalimanshi, on the same date unlawfully used an unregistered Nissan Fairlady for purposes of committing an offense under the Narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances act.
In count five, it is alleged that Lameck Mundisha, Amon Simwanza, Keron Mwewa, Amon Banda, Lackson Phiri, Chola Chishimba, Moses Mwaba, Steven Ndawa, Mathew Phiri, Saidi Mumba, Mtendere Mwanza, Musonda Bwalya, Alick Daka, Peter Nkhoma, Oscar Chinga, Musa Chanda, Given Kokwa, Simon Mkandawire, Aaron Mumba, Emmanuel Mwape and Patrick Mulenga had in their possession, 19 axe handles and five machetes without lawful authority.
Ruling on whether the accused persons have a case to answer or not, magistrate Ngobola found Kalimanshi and five others with a case to answer in count one to four.
He said the prosecution established a prima facie case against the accused persons and placed them on their defence.
In count five, magistrate Ngobola said the State did not adduce enough evidence to warrant him to place the accused on defence.
The magistrate has adjourned the case to November 30 for opening of defense.