A witness has told the Lusaka High Court that he heard gunshots from Chilanga UPND member of parliament Kieth Mukata’s lawfirm but he did not see the shooter.

In this case Mukata and his lover Charmaine Musonda are accused of murdering Namakabwa Kwenda a security guard who was manning the lawfirm.

39-year-old Collins Kabanda, a security guard at Altitude Advertising Company said on the fateful day he interacted with Kwenda before his death.

Kabanda testified that whilst chatting with Kwenda in the vicinity of AKM Legal Practitioners, he saw Charmaine drive into the premises.

Kabanda said few minutes after Charmaine drove in, Mukata came outside of the gate and gave them a K200 for  food.

Kabanda said after sharing the money, they dispersed.

Kabanda narrated that at midnight he heard someone order Kwenda to open the gate at Mukata’s law firm, after which he heard three gunshots.

Kabanda also told the court that after the gunshots, he peeped through the pigeon windows of his guard room and saw Mukata oscillating and shouting for help saying someone had shot his worker.

He said Spice Bar proprietor Kumar, called the police while the caretaker of Altitude Advertising Company and himself went to the crime scene.

He recalled that when they got to the crime scene, they saw Kwenda laying in a pool of blood at the gate to the law firm.

Kabanda said Kwenda lay at the entrance with his head outside whilst his body was inside the yard.

He testified that he noticed Charmaine wanted to drive away.

Meanwhile, 41-year-old Matengo Siyaluta has told judge Wanjelani that he was assigned by family members to identify the deceased’ body at the university teaching hospital.

Siyaluta said during identification, he noticed a hole on the right side of Kwenda’s neck.

Justice Wanjelani’s court room was packed as a number of relatives and friends turned up to offer solidarity to the accused.

Among the people present was Mukata’s wife Marico, who tried to avoid media personnel,  some UPND members, among them Obvious Mwaliteta.

The matter comes up for continued trial today, August 8, 2017.