Mr Hichilema this morning appeared in the Lusaka High Court for plea.
He said he understood the charge, but that he was not guilty.
“I strongly deny the charge”, said Mr Hichilema as the other accused also denied the charge.
The High Court has since set Wednesday August 16, 2017 as date of commencement of trial, while the accused persons remain in custody.
The state has indicated that it will bring eight witnesses.
The Director of Public Prosecutions applied to amend the indictment from in “Lusaka Province and Mongu” to “Lusaka Province and Western Province”, and the court granted it as there was no objection from the defence.