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Businessman denies swindling Kambwili in diamonds deal

KAMBWILI

CAROLINE KALOMBE, PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
A BUSINESSMAN of Ndola who allegedly tried to swindle Roan Member of Parliament (MP) Chishimba Kambwili out of over K1 million yesterday pleaded not guilty to one count of theft involving K3,000.
When the case came up for plea before magistrate Sylvia Munyinya, Mike Kososo, 26, of house number 9346 Mitengo Road, Ndola, said he understood the charge but denied committing the offence.
He applied for bail through his lawyers saying he had a permanent home and capable of providing sureties who would abide by the conditions the court would set.
The state prosecutors, however, objected to the application saying Kasoso had absconded court before in a case before another court and that when granted bail, he was likely to commit a similar offence.
But Ms Munyinya ruled that the State had not provided any evidence that Kasoso would skip bail and only stated that he would commit a similar offence.
She granted him K7,000 bail in his own recognisance with two working sureties in the same amount who should be residents of Lusaka.
Particulars are that Kasoso, on February 8 this year in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting with others, stole K3,000, the property of Mr Kambwili.
It is alleged that Mr Kambwili had hosted Kasoso, who was supposed to provide him with diamonds for sale costing K1.2 million and that he was only tipped later that Kasoso was trying to swindle him out of his money and that he would not provide the gemstones.
It is also alleged that Mr Kambwili had paid Kasoso’s hotel bill in Lusaka awaiting the arrival of the precious stones.
Meanwhile, a magistrates’ court has committed to the High Court for summary trial a case in which a 36-year-old woman of Makeni in Lusaka is alleged to have murdered her estranged husband by running over him with a motor vehicle.
This follows the issuance of a certificate of committal by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Jacqueline Mwiindwa, a healthcare administrator of Makeni Bonaventure, is charged with murder which is only tried by a High Court.
“On behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Republic of Zambia, pursuant to section 82 and 254 of the criminal procedure code chapter 88 of the laws of Zambia, I do hereby certify that this is a proper case for trial by the high court,” reads the certificate issued by senior state advocate Muyanza Kayombo on behalf of the DPP.
Particulars of the offence are that Mwiindwa, on October 28, 2016, in Lusaka, allegedly murdered her husband Kofi Milumbe.
It is alleged that she ran over Mr Milumbe, 38, a director at Grant Thornton.

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