Kambwili apologises to court

By Staff Reporter

 

NATIONAL Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chishimba Kambwili has apologised to a Lusaka magistrate for failing to appear in court in a case in which he is charged with expressing racial remarks against an Indian construction worker.

It is alleged that Kambwili on February 19 this year in Lusaka expressed racial remarks on Rajesh Kumar Verma, a man of Indian origin but he pleaded not guilty.

Public prosecutor Brian Sianyengo on Monday told principal resident magistrate Humphrey Chitalu that he would apply for bench warrant against Kambwili if he did not appear in court today.

This was after Kambwili missed court on March 17 and on Monday this week.

However, Kambwili appeared and apologised for absconding from court.

“I am sorry your honour for not coming to court,” he said.

Kambwili explained that his lawyers advised that the Chief Justice authorized them and other lawyers in the country to attend the Commonwealth Law Conference in Livingstone.

The court adjourned the case to April 29 for mention and setting of trial dates.