Former Kitwe Mayor Divo Katete on Friday appeared in court for defilement but the civic leader has denied the charge, he has since been released on K15,000 bail.
Katete, who was arrested and charged with defilement is alleged to have defiled a 15 year old girl in December, 2013 but tried to negotiate his freedom with the family of the minor. He promised to compensate them but failed to meet his promise, forcing the family to report him to police.
When Katete’s lawyer Victor Michelo applied for bail, the prosecution rejected the application for fear that he would interfere with witnesses but Michelo argued that his client was of fixed aboard and that the two families lived in different towns. The magistrate has set 10th October as date for commencement of trial.