Court roundup

RB cases fails to take off
Former President Rupiah Banda’s case involving the Nigerian oil deal failed to take off yesterday because Magistrate Joshua Banda who is handling the matter is unwell.
This is in continued trial against Mr Banda who is alleged to have entered into an oil deal with some Nigerian firm amounting $ 2.5 million.
Magistrate Banda adjourned the matter to tomorrow (Wednesday) where the prosecution team are expected to produce documentation on what the witnesses had told the court. And Mr Banda was yesterday expected to appear in another case for mention before Magistrate Obister Musukwa involving motor vehicles from a Chinese firm. The case was also adjourned to today for mention. In the matter involving the oil deal Mr Banda was alleged to have written a letter to his counterpart late Umaru Musa Yaradua requesting to buy oil. However the letter could not be identified by a prosecution witness in the continued trail of the former head of state. And in a case involving the nine trucks from a Chinese firm the state alleged that Mr Banda had concealed the motor vehicles donated to government as personal gratification. The matter is coming up today for mention before Magistrate Obister Musukwa.
Kapoko nine others put on their defence
The Lusaka Magistrates Court  yesterday found Henry Kapoko and 9 others with a case to answer in all the 21 counts of theft of over K4 billion from Ministry of Heath through the Royal College of Lusaka.
Henry Kapoko and other officials from the Ministry of Health were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2009 for various offences of corrupt practices and theft by public servant involving over K10million. Magistrate Sharon Newa ruled that all the ten accused persons were found with a case to answer on all the 21 counts and has therefore placed them on their defence. The matter was adjourned to today and Mr Kapoko is expected to commence his defence. Meanwhile two other accused in the same matter Mrs. Valenta Nkhata and her daughter Abigail Nkhata Kapinda will not give any defence as they have elected to remain silent and will not call any witnesses.
BIGOCA assailant “ducks” court
Lusaka Magistrate Alice Walusiku yesterday issued a Bench Warrant for the arrest of the only suspect committed for trial in the assault case against civil society members who were attacked during a meeting at the Bible Gospel Church in Africa (BIGOCA) in Matero, Lusaka. The suspect Heita Bwalya however failed to turn up at the hearing yesterday prompting Magistrate Walusiku to order the Police for his immediate arrest. “The case has been adjourned to Thursday July 11 because the suspect failed to appear in court today (Monday), so the Magistrate has issued a bench warrant for his arrest as we go back to Court,” Bishop Mambo said.

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