Chifubu MP Ng’ambi committed to High Court
By Staff Reporter
Ndola Chief Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi has committed Chifubu PF Member of Parliament Frank Ng’ambi to the High Court for summary trial in a case he is accused of assaulting his wife.
This is in a case where Ng’ambi is charged with acts intended to cause grievous harm.
It is alleged that on June 7, 2019, Ng’ambi, with intent to maim, disfigure or disable, caused grievous harm to Agness Ng’ambi, his wife.
When the matter came up for explanation of the charge on Thursday, public prosecutor Francis Mulenga informed court that the state was ready to proceed.
However, defence lawyers representing Ng’ambi objected and asked court for an application to grant the State leave to hold a preliminary inquiry in the matter.
Th defence lawyers said since the matter was taken to court, his team was pleading with the state to take their client to court but to no avail.
“We are fortified in our application in view of the conduct of the state. The court may take judicial notice that we appeared before your brother for the similar charge and the State using its discretion entered a nolle prosequi. Since then, we have been pleading with the State to bring our client to court but the state have been dilly-dallying,” said defense lawyer Kayuni.
In response, Mulenga said there was no need of having a preliminary inquiry as the state was in receipt of instructions from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to take the matter to the High Court.
“We feel there is no need to conduct a preliminary inquiry in this matter, the reason being that the committal letter is ready,” Mulenga said.
And in his ruling, magistrate Mbuzi said the application was overtaken by events and therefore committed Ng’ambi to the High Court.