Nalolo Murder Suspect Remains Silent During Trial

By Staff Reporter

A 29 year old murder suspect, Muletambo Mukwamataba yesterday opted to remain silent during his trial in a matter he is alleged to have murdered Namusiye Namusiye in May last year.

 

Namusiye, a fisherman of Namalai village, Chief Lyashimba in Nalolo district, Western Province appearing before High Court Judge Gertrude Chawatama is alleged to have murdered Namusiye contrary to section 200 of the penal code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

 

Particulars of the offence were that on May 16, 2017, Mukwamataba at Kataka village in Nalolo did murder Namusiye following dispute over non procurement of stock movement permit for their pigs from Nalolo to Mongu.

 

Prio to their arrival in Mongu, the duo spent a night at Kataka village at which they should have procured the permit.

 

At this point Mukwamataba gave undisclosed amount of money to the deceased for the permit while the accused went to take care of their pigs. The deseaced left at around 09:00 and returned at 15:00.

 

However, Namusiye didn’t come back with the permit, a situation which angered the accused and a dispute arose and the accused stabbed the former to death.

 

During the same fracas, Mukwamataba is said to have speared Inambao Lubinda.

 

However, postmoterm conducted by Dr Matuwa of Lewanika general Hospital indicate that the deceased had died of  toxicology resulting from over consumption of alcohol, notwithstanding the two knife stabs on the left ribs.

 

At this stage, the defence applied for the amendment to the indictment from murder to manslaughter taking into consideration the provisions of section 199 of the Criminal procedure code chapter 88 of the laws of Zambia. Both parties were ordered to produce written submissions and ruling in the matter comes today.