Court of Appeal upholds Mukata’s death sentence

Chilanga MP Keith Mukata at Lusaka's Magistrate Court -Picture by Tenson Mkhala

Deputy President of the Court of Appeal Judge Chalwe Mchenga has dismissed former Chilanga UPND member of parliament Keith Mukata’s appeal against his conviction and sentence.

Sitting in Kabwe today, Judge Mchenga threw out Mukata’s 14 grounds of appeal saying there was malice when he concealed the firearm.

In February 2018, Judge Wanjelani sentenced Mukata to death by hanging for the murder of his security guard but acquitted his co-accused and lover Charmaine Musonda on all counts.

In her judgment, Justice Wanjelani said she was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that Mukata’s guard died from gun shots which were discharged by him.

She had further said Mukata’s testimony that more cartridges were found outside the gate was false and based on hearsay evidence.

More details later.

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