Nevers Granted Bail

By Staff Reporter

OPPOSITION MMD president Nevers Mumba has been granted a K30, 000 bail with two working sureties.

Mumba was jailed by magistrate David Simusamba for three months simple imprisonment a week ago for giving false information to a public officer on duty at Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) country to section 125 (a) of the Penal Code.

Last week lawyers representing Mumba, Simeza, Sangwa and Associates complained to the Chief Justice Ireen Mambiliama about judicial misconduct against Magistrate Simusamba.

In the letter dated April 6, Simeza, Sangwa and Associates complained that Simusamba’s behavior in this matter undermined the Independence, integrity and professionalism of the Judiciary by deliberately delaying the court proceedings.

“He appears to be pushing a political agenda instead of  remaining independent and impartial,” they stated.

“On 29 March 2018, we appealed against the conviction and sentence to the High Court and simultaneously filed an application for bail pending the hearing of the  appeal.The Magistrate set 3rd of April 2018 as the return date for the hearing of the bail application.However, after representations  were made to the Magistrate, he agreed to hear the bail application in the afternoon of 29 March 2018 and advised that we ensure the prosecution team was present.

The application for the bail was thereafter served on the prosecutors who as advised were present at court in the afternoon, but while waiting to be ushered into the magistrate’s chambers , we learnt with surprise that the Magistrate had left the court premises unannounced. We thereafter left the court house after waiting for the bail application be heard from 14:00 hours until after 17:30 hours. On 3rd April 2018, both the prosecution and  defence were at court by 08:30 hours but we were kept waiting for hours before we finally were ushered in to argue the application”.