CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
THE 21-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed to death musician Francis Zimba, aka Frankiss, appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate Court yesterday for Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the alleged murder.
Meya Namfukwe of Lusakaâ€™s Kanyama West Township allegedly killed Mr Zimba on November 9 this year around 01:00 following a domestic dispute.
When the matter came up before chief resident magistrate Kenneth Mulife for hearing of the PI, the State applied for an adjournment because it had not yet received the docket from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
But defence lawyer Nicolaus Chanda vehemently objected to the application on grounds that the matter would drag.
â€œI can only accept an adjournment not later than Tuesday [next week] because when we start adjourning this matter, we will do so for years,â€ Mr Chanda said.
But the State said it applied for the adjournment to a later date because the DPP is reportedly out of town.
â€œThe matter was supposed to come for PI today but the State is not ready and, in the interest of justice, I grant the adjournment,â€ Mr Mulife said and adjourned the matter to January 9, 2017.
The defence applied for the PI so that the court could determine whether or not the alleged murder was intentional or there were other circumstances that led to it.
Meanwhile, the case in which a United Party for National Development cadre is accused of assaulting a Zambia Police Service officer failed to kick off yesterday because the suspect was not brought before the court from remand.
In this case, Maurice Mulenga, 32, of Garden House Township in Lusaka is charged with two counts of malicious damage to property and assault on a police officer.
Particulars are that on December 15 this year in Lusaka, MulengaÂ wilfully and unlawfully damaged a windscreen to a Toyota Corolla number GRZ 268 CJ valued at K7,600, the property of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
In count two, it is alleged that on the same date, Mulenga assaulted Bothwell Namuswa, a police officer, in the latterâ€™s execution of duty.
When the matter came up for plea yesterday, the prosecution told Magistrate Greenwell Malumani that the suspect was not before the court.
Mr Malumani adjourned the matter to January 9, 2017 for possible plea.
CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka