Accused murderers of ZAF soldier granted bail

Four people accused of murdering Flight Sergeant Mark Choongwa, a Zambia Air Force officer, have been granted K3,000 cash bail.

When the matter came up for mention today, Magistrate Nthandose Chabala granted the manslaughter-accused quarterent bail after their lawyer made an application arguing that they were of fixed aboard.

“Manslaughter is not among the non bailable offenses so I will grant you bail…Until you meet such conditions you will be remanded in custody,” said magistrate Chabala

The accused include two police officers; Veronica Lucy Shawa and Mike Kapale.

Others are Lyton Mwale a driver and James Ngulube an archives clerk.

The court said Kapale, Mwale and James were required to provide three working sureties bound at K10,000 each whilst for Veronica, though bound in the like sum, it would be in their own recognizance.

The three male accused persons made their bail application through their lawyer Grace Mukulamutiyo after the court granted Shawa bail as her lawyer applied for bail last week Friday when they made the first appearance in court.

On March 17, Flight Sergent Choongwa was murdered in police custody at Woodlands Police Station where he was detained for a traffic offence.

Initially, police charged four inmates, Joseph Phiri, Andrew Kaoma a police officer from Kamfinsa mobile unit, Felix Kalube and Martin Chanda for the murder of Choongwa but these never appeared in court until the current suspects were presented to the court.

Some uniformed police officers came to follow the proceedings today.

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