Nevers gets K30,000 bail

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Lusaka Magistrate David Simusamba has finally granted MMD leader Nevers Mumba K30,000 cash bail, pending appeal.

Magistrate Simusamba has also ordered Mumba to present two working sureties bound at K30,000 each in their own recognizance.

Magistrate Simusamba on March 28 convicted and sentenced Dr Mumba to three months simple imprisonment on a charge of giving false information to a public officer contrary to section 125 (a) of the penal code.

Dr Mumba appealed against his conviction and applied for bail but magistrate Simusamba has been making ‘suspicious’ adjournments, prompting the opposition leader to report him to Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima for judicial misconduct.

In his complaint letter to the Chief Justice, Dr Mumba through his lawyers from Simeza Sangwa and Associates, stated that magistrate Simusamba had made several unnecessary adjournments throughout his case, adding that he appeared to be pushing a political agenda.

When the matter was to be heard in chambers today after a long wait for the Magistrate who kept everyone guessing as to whether he would appear, the accused was not brought before court.

Prison authorities failed to bring Dr Mumba from Mwembeshi prison to court and the bail was granted in absentia.

The charismatic preacher cum politician has been incarcerated at Mwembeshi Maximum Correctional facility as he fought for his bail application which magistrate Simusamba continued to elude.

 

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