Zambia: Mumbi Phiri formally apprehended and charged with murder

Mrs. Phiri and Chilekwa both said in front of Magistrate Hamaseke that they understood the charge. [Photo: courtesy]
Zambia—Mumbi Phiri, the former Deputy Secretary-General of the Patriotic Front (PF), has been formally arrested and charged with the murder of Lawrence Banda.

Mrs Phiri and former President Edgar Lungu’s barber, Shebby Chilekwa, have been accused with the murder of UPND member Lawrence Banda.

Mrs. PHIRI has also appeared in front of the Kaoma Magistrate Court.

To 10:00 a.m., Mrs. PHIRI came at the Kaoma Magistrates Court.

The two defendants appeared before Kaoma Magistrate Besting Hamaseke for a charge explanation.

Mrs PHIRI 52 of Waterfalls area in Chongwe and Shebby Chilekwa 34, a businessman from Chilanga, are accused of murdering Lawrence Banda in Kaoma District on October 6, 2019.

The defendants were charged under section 200 of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, according to Magistrate Hamaseke.

Mrs. Phiri and Chilekwa both said in front of Magistrate Hamaseke that they understood the charge.

The two couldn’t say anything because they were just in front of Magistrate Hamaseke for explanations of the charge as the court awaited instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

While they are in detention, the two will appear in court on March 10, 2022 for mention.
Mrs. Phiri is the second person to be charged with the murder of Mr. Banda, following Shebby Chilekwa.

In the run-up to the Council Chairperson By-election in Kaoma in 2019, the late Lawrence Banda was shot and killed.