Kasama mayor spends night in jail

Kasama Mayor Fidelis Chishoma with two councilors and a businessman have been released from police custody after spending a night in cells following failure to attend court by two accused persons they had signed bail for.

And the court has since revoked the bail for the two men Chris Mutale and John Chilenga, both of Kabwe who are facing one count of impersonating a public officer as punishment for not attending court sessions.
Mayor Chishoma was yesterday locked up together with two fellow councilors and a Kasama Businessman Godfrey Mukonge after two of the three accused persons they had signed bail for failed to appear before Magistrate Dominic Makalicha on three separate dates.
Magistrate Makalicha ordered the detention of the mayor with his colleagues following an appeal by the State for a bench warrant for the arrest of two of the accused persons and their sureties.
And Magistrate Makalicha has reprimanded the mayor and his colleagues for failing to bring the persons they had signed bail for before the court.
Mr Makalicha said it was a serious offence to fail to bring an accused person before the court.
Revoking the bail for the duo, Magistrate Makalicha said the two who were jointly charged with Peggy Nyirenda had abused their bail privileges by not showing up in court.
He said he was revoking their bail so that they could be coming from prison to ensure their attendance in court.
Magistrate Makalicha has however extended the bail for Nyirenda as she has been attending court sessions.
The trio was arrested on October 5, 2009 when they featured on Radio Mano Community Station masquerading as teachers during the run up to the Kasama Central Parliamentary by-elections.
They were later granted bail when they appeared before the Magistrate court.
The matter has been adjourned to January 4, 2010.


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