Police on the Copperbelt have finally arrested PF Chifubu member of parliament Frank Ng’ambi who went at large after fresh instructions of his re-arrest were issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Ng’ambi was recently arrested for assaulting his wife, Agness, but the State entered a nolle prosequi and ordered that he be re-arrested on fresh charges.
Following the fresh instructions, Ng’ambi was reported to be outside jurisdiction but he handed himself to the police, Wednesday, after three days of no show.
He has been detained at Ndola Central Police.
Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga has confirmed Ng’ambi’s arrest.
“Yes, he is in police custody, he handed himself at Ndola Central Police station this morning (yesterday) around 07:00hrs,” said Katanga who said Police had detained and charged the member of parliament for Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm with intent to maim.
Meanwhile, Choma Central UPND member of parliament Cornelius Mweetwa yesterday asked Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Patrick Matibini if Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo was in order not to inform the House on Ng’ambi’s whereabouts.
But Dr Matibini said he would grant Mweetwa leave to go to the Copperbelt and pursue the matter and then report back to the House if he was concerned about Ngambi’s whereabouts.
Speaking when he rose on a point of order, Mweetwa told the Speaker that members were concerned about Ng’ambi’s safety.
“Sir, I rise on a very serious point of order which has gripped the attention of your members sir and I have been requested to bring this to this house. Mr Speaker, from the time this house opened, one of our dear colleagues has never reported, Honorable Frank Ng’ambi and we miss him dearly. Mr Speaker it is our tradition to look out for each other and our safety. Now we are hearing he is in hiding running away from police after battering his wife, but our main concern is his safety because from the time we opened Mr Speaker he is nowhere to be seen. And the Minister of Home Affairs Mr Speaker has not bothered to inform either this house here formally or outside the house. Is he in order not to assure Mr Speaker, the safety of honourable Frank Ng’ambi because we want him in this house. I thank you Sir,” said Mweetwa.
In the same point of order, Mweetwa further congratulated Roan NDC member of parliament Joseph Chibuye and his Bahati counterpart Charles Chalwe for scooping the seats and predicted a UPND victory in the upcoming Katuba parliamentary by-election.
And in his ruling, Dr Matibini said he would grant Mweetwa a leave to proceed to the Copperbelt Province to pursue the matter since he was so concerned.