Lusaka Magistrate David Simusamba is today expected to decide whether Infrastructure minister Ronald Chitotela has a case to answer on not based on the arguments presented in court so far.
If the magistrate rules that the evidence presented in court so far lacks merit, Chitotela will be set free. But if the magistrate decides that the evidence presented so far is credible, trial will go to next level where Chitotela will be put on his defence, that is, defend himself.
This is the matter in which Chitotela and three others are facing four counts of concealing and being in possession of properties suspected to be proceeds of crime.
In the first count that Chitotela, Gregory Chibanga and Brut Holdings Limited, between July 3, 2016 and October 30, 2018 in Lusaka, concealed plot number 148 of farm 50A situated in Makeni disguised in the names of Diris Mukange, property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.
In the second count, the trio between the same dates is accused of concealing part of subdivision A lot 22183/M situated in Ibex Hill, Lusaka, disguised in the name of Diris Mukange, property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
In the third count, Diris Mukange between the same dates jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown people possessed lot number 148 of farm 50A situated in Makeni in Lusaka, property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.