By CHARLES MUSONDA
CHISHIMBA Kambwili’s wife Carol reportedly described the bail conditions on her husband as outrageous and unreasonable.
Principal Resident Magistrate, David Simusamba has said NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili’s conduct during trial was bad and he was going to stiffen the bail conditions.
Kambwili has been granted K300, 000 cash bail with two working sureties.
Ms Kambwili however said K300, 000 cash bail was unreasonable.
“This is outrageous,” she said. High Court deputy Registrar, David Simusamba, sitting as Principal Resident Magistrate in the matter, yesterday ordered Kambwili to pay K100, 000 and the two sureties to pay the similar amount each, bringing the total to K300, 000.
But one of his lawyers, Mr Musa Mwenye cried foul, saying K300, 000 was a lot of money for a person of fixed abode and a prominent citizen.
The State had objected to Kambwili’s application for bail pending appeal on grounds that he had not shown exceptional circumstances warranting him to get bail.
This was after Mr. Mwenye told the court in his application that Kambwili might fully serve his 12 months sentence if bail was not granted.
He said Kambwili, who was jailed on October 14, this year for forgery and uttering false documents, would have served four percent of his sentence by tomorrow.
In this matter, Kambwili, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour for forgery and another 12 months for uttering false documents but the sentences were pronounced to run concurrently, meaning that he will only serve one year.
Earlier yesterday, Kambwili appeared before another magistrate Nsunge Chanda on a charge of contempt of court for allegedly tampering with Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) documents.
The case however failed to take off because his previous lawyers Keith Mweemba, Gilbert Phiri, and Christopher Mundia, who are representing him before Mr. Simusamba, had withdrawn from the contempt case without informing the court.
By CHARLES MUSONDA