Court refuses to quash Nchima’s personation charge

Former Attonny general Musa Mwenye with Nchima Nchito at Lusaka Magistrates Court -Picture by Tenson Mkhala

LUSAKA magistrate Greenwell Malumani has refused to quash a personation charge slapped on Nchima Nchito State Counsel advising the latter to appeal to the High Court if unsatisfied.

Nchima is accused of personating as an advocate for Post Newspapers Limited.

The case was commenced as a way of complaint by a former Post employee Abel Mboozi two months ago.

Nchima’s lawyers, Musa Mwenya State Counsel and Chisuwo Hamwela had asked the court to quash the indictment because it did not reveal any criminal offence.

Mwenye also opposed the application by private prosecutor Kelvin Bwalya Fube to amend the charge arguing that omission of ingredients on the charge could not be cured by an amendment.

But magistrate Malumani ruled that the said charge was already admitted before court and therefore he could not quash it.

He advised the accused to appeal the matter to the High Court if he was not satisfied.

Hamwela then requested the court to guide on what steps to take next regarding the procedure to appeal the case.

KBF however chipped in and contended that it was too late to seek further guidance on the procedure to appeal the case considering that the complaint was filed in February.

He suggested that he would engage the defense on the way forward.

The matter was adjourned to May 16.

         

Elias Banda

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