Lusaka Principal Resident Magistrate David Simusamba has reserved ruling on whether or not he will proceed to hear a bail application filed by National Democratic Congress -NDC- leader Chisimba Kambwili.
Mr. Kambwili who was sentenced to 1-year imprisonment on each of the two counts and found guilty for forgery and uttering a false document, applied for bail pending appeal after presenting the court with a notice of appeal.
This was after his conviction on Wednesday October 14th, 2020.
However, when the matter came up for hearing of the bail application, Magistrate Simusamba told the court that he was concerned with the way Mr. Kambwili through his lawyers presented the notice of appeal document to him immediately after the conviction.
He said procedure prescribes that a convict can only present a notice of appeal and appeal for bail after the judgement has been rendered.
The magistrate wondered how the convict knew the turn out of his judgement and had already prepared notice of appeal documentation.
At this point, one of the lawyers representing Kambwili, Eddie Mwitwa asked if further discussions could be held in the court chambers.
However, after the private discussions, Mr. Mwitwa told the court to still consider their client’s bail application pending appeal.
Magistrate Simusamba then adjourned the matter to Thursday October 22nd for ruling on whether or not the bail application was properly before him as well as if he would proceed to hear the matter.
Earlier, Mr. Kambwili’s wife Carol and daughter Chanda were taken to Kabwata police station after a dispute erupted between them and police officers who were manning the gates to the court premises.