Friday, July 15, 2011
By Mwala Kalaluka in Mongu
Fri 15 July 2011, 14:01 CAT
MMD parliamentary contender for Mongu Central, Dr Mwilola Imakando yesterday testified in the Mongu magistrates’ court that four MMD cadres that attacked him during a market visitation recently wanted to kill him.
This is a case where MMD councillor for Kanyonyo ward in Mongu and four ruling party cadres have pleaded not guilty to six charges of assaulting and unlawfully wounding a Lusaka-based Mongu Central MMD parliamentary contender, Dr Imakando and his supporters, on July 5, 2011.
Before magistrate Zulu, was Mbangu Mbangu, a 33-year-old businessman, Vincent Mapunga, a 32-year-old businessman of Imwiko Stage One, Manton Matuka, a 38-year-old businessman of Kapulanga, Bernard Kazunga, another 43-year-old businessman and Yowano Chisambwe, a 48-year-old businessman but is the MMD councillor for Kanyonyo ward.
Testifying in the matter as the first prosecution witnesss, Dr Imakando, 51, a consultant of plot number 412 Lilelelo area in Mongu, said four of the accused persons followed him to Mongu Central Market on the material day, verbally and physically threatening to kill him.
Dr Imakando said he was on a visit to Mongu Central Market with ZANAMA officials with a view to being introduced to the marketeers as their consultant.
He said as he approached one Chakale Musowafu's stall, he heard shouts from behind.
"They were shouting, 'we are going to kill him. We are going to sort him out,'" Dr Imakando said. "Yes, they were saying 'Dr Imakando yo, lukamunata, lukamulikita kacenu we shall beat Dr Imakando."
Dr Imakando said he sought refuge inside Musowafu's stall together with some of his supporters and that he shut the door to bar the MMD cadres from getting inside.
Dr Imakando said that the MMD cadres started throwing objects at him through the open window.
In cross-examination by Muyenga, Dr Imakando said he was in the said market as part of his consultancy job.
He said although he was aspiring for the Mongu Central parliamentary seat on the ruling MMD ticket, he was not campaigning at the time he was attacked. Hearing continues.