Lusaka magistrate recuses himself in case of Kamba due to interference

Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba, Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito and Post newspaper owner Fred Mmembe are heavily interfering with witnesses in the case in which their PF thug Kennedy Kamba is charged with proposing violence that led to the death of a cadre last year.

The heavy interference has now led to respected Lusaka Magistrate Obster Musukwa to recuse himself from hearing the case because the lined-up witnesses are not forth coming for trial.

Kamba belongs to the Kabimba cartel that were fighting former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba in the on-going intra-PF battles to succeed ailing dictator Michael Sata whose health is fast failing.

When the matter came-up for trial yesterday, magistrate Musukwa was merely told that witnesses that were supposed to testify against Nkamba were not available but were attending a PF meeting where the various factions were reconciling among themselves.

The PF cadres that initially belonged to the GBM team have been heavily subdued and left completely powerless especially after he resigned.

The arresting officer, Kezzy Siame, the witnesses who are PF cadres that were involved in the fights and heard Kamba proposing violence were now reluctant to appear before the courts and testify against Nkamba.

Last time Kamba appeared, the court heard that he was interfering with witnesses and the court warned him that they would revoke his bond if continued doing so.

But yesterday, magistrate Musukwa said he sensed a hand in interfering with witnesses and later recused himself from hearing the case.

The matter comes up this morning for reallocation.

So far, a number of magistrates have recused themselves from hearing cases where the PF has interests, including the case of Kasama cadres who were arrested for supporting GBM, but magistrate Kelvin Soma recused himself.

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