THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has put Chishimba Kambwili on his defence after being found with a case to answer in a contempt case relating to Mwamona engineering.

This is a matter in which Kambwili is charged with contempt of court for allegedly tampering with evidence in relation to Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services Limited at Patents and Companies Registration Agency, which was a subject in an active case before Magistrate David Simusamba.

Kambwili was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment for forgery and uttering a false document by Magistrate Simusamba in the said matter. He has now appealed the case.

In this matter, it is alleged that Kambwili on March 6, 2018 in Lusaka, caused an obstruction or disturbance in the course of judicial proceedings by lodging documents at PACRA to alter the details and records of Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services which were subject of active judicial proceedings.

It is further alleged that the changes made were particulars of the two directors namely; Mwamba Chishimba and Carol Chansa, of which Mwamba Chishimba was changed to Mwamba Kambwili and Carol Chansa to Carol Chansa Chipande.

Previously, the arresting officer, Stanley Mumbula, had testified before magistrate Chanda that he could have been portrayed as having given false information to the court due to the alleged changes which were made to the particulars of Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services’ directors while Kambwili’s forgery case was still active.

When the matter came up before Magistrate Nsunge Chanda for ruling, she said the prosecution had established a prima facie case against him and therefore put him on his defence.

Kambwili’s lawyers from Keith Mweemba and Associates were not before the court but sent a representative who did not have instructions on how to proceed after getting the ruling.

The matter has since been adjourned to the 26th January 2021 for mention and 23rd February for commencement of defense.