Former Defense Minister GBM trial update

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The ongoing legal proceedings involving the former Zambian Defense Minister, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (commonly known as GBM), faced a significant delay today as it reconvened for the continuation of the defense case before Lusaka Magistrate Hon. Ngobola.

Mr. Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, who stands accused of Conflict of Interest, Possession of Properties Suspected to be Proceeds of Crime, and Money Laundering, was expected to make his defense case. However, the proceedings were abruptly halted due to Mr. Mwamba’s admission to Medland Hospital, a local medical facility.

In light of this development, the Hon. Magistrate has determined that the case will be adjourned and is now scheduled to resume on the 8th and 9th of November 2023. The delay underscores the complexity and significance of the charges brought against the former Minister of Defense.

Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, a prominent Zambian businessman and politician, had previously served as the Member of Parliament for Kasama Central from 2009 to 2016, further underscoring the gravity of his legal proceedings.

In another legal matter, the case of Albert Likezo Siyunda, a Warrant Officer Class 1 with the Zambia Airforce Force (ZAF), and his wife Nandila Lyatamani, was brought up for mention before Lusaka Magistrate Hon. Munyinya.

The couple is facing charges of Possession of Properties Suspected to be Proceeds of Crime, which has triggered legal proceedings. Hon. Munyinya, the presiding Magistrate, has decided to adjourn the case, rescheduling it to continue on the 25th of October 2023.

These legal developments emphasize the ongoing efforts within the Zambian legal system to address cases involving allegations of financial impropriety and criminal conduct, with notable figures such as Mr. Mwamba and individuals affiliated with the ZAF facing their respective legal challenges.

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