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Mumbi Phiri, Shebby Chilekwa finally in court

By NATION REPORTER

INCARCERATED former Patriotic Front (PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri has finally appeared in court for the first time since she was arrested about six months ago for murder.

Phiri and her co-accused Shebby Chilekwa yesterday pleaded not guilty to a murder charge of United Party for National Development (UPND) cadre Lawrence Banda.

The two who have been in incarceration without trial for over eight months finally had their day in court were they pleaded not guilty to the charges.

According to their lawyer Charles Changano the matter came up before Judge Charles Zulu and the duo pleaded not guilty.

“The charge was read to them by the marshal as murder contrary to section 200 of the penal code and the matter was adjourned to tomorrow (today),” he said.

Mr Changano said the matter would continue today for trial and that the duo were in high spirits.

Ms Phiri was in arrested in February together with Mr Chilekwa over the murder of Mr Banda but had not been in court since despite pleas from various stakeholders to have her taken to court.

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