Martha Mushipe

The UPND Formed A Crack Squad To Cause Violence Ahead Of The 2016 elections!

A State witness yesterday testified before the Lusaka Magistrate court how Lusaka lawyer Martha Mushipe and other UPND members formed a crack squad with the intention to cause violence ahead of the 2016 general elections.

Testifying before Magistrate Felix Kaoma, Mr. Bernard Phiri told the court that a meeting to plan violence was attended by UPND members, including former Evelyn Hone lecturer Clayson Hamasaka who is also the owner and Chief Admin of Zambian Watchdog, Emmanuel Chilekwa and Ephraim Shakafuswa at Ms. Mushipe’s law firm in Lusaka.

In this matter, it’s alleged that Ms. Mushipe, between June 1, 2015 and April 11, 2016 possessed a seditious document allegedly authored by General Thendai Muduli, former Minister of Justice Ngosa Simbyakula and Didimus Mutasa which contained a strategy on how the ruling PF would dominate against the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) from 2015 to‎ 2016 and beyond.

Mr. Phiri said during the meeting Ms. Mushipe prepared an oath of secrecy which was administered to those in attendance as a commitment that they will not disclose what was discussed to anyone. He told the court that the seditious document was found in one of the offices at Ms. Mushipe’s law firm in Millennium Village during a search conducted by the Police at the premises in 2016.

He also said the documents included the oath of secrecy which had names of Clayson Hamasaka, Emmanuel Chilekwa, Nchimunya Siamujaye and Ephraim Shakafuswa among others. Mr. Phiri also told the court that Ms. Mushipe and others also came up with code names in order for the police not to identify them during the course of the operation.

He said after searching Ms. Mushipe’s law firm in Lusaka the police found a seditious document and the oath of secrecy which was administered to those who were in attendance. He also testified that witness Emmanuel Chilekwa confirmed to have attended the meeting in question and signed the oath of secrecy during the same meeting. He further told the court that Mr. Chilekwa is also on record confirming having signed the oath of secrecy during the said secret meeting.

Asked by defence lawyers whether the document police recovered from Mushipe’s firm indicates who administered the oath of secrecy, Mr. Phiri responded in the negative but further clarified that the documents only listed those that took the oath.

Ms. Mushipe is being defended in the matter by the prominent Lusaka lawyers Keith Mweemba and Gilbert Phiri.

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