By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
A LAWYER, Nathaniel Inambao, accused of stealing a dead man’s benefits was yesterday detained at Ridgeway police station after his bail was revoked.
Inambao, aged 56, of Lusaka West is charged with one count of theft by agent.
It is alleged that on March 20 last year in Lusaka, Inambao was instructed to pursue the benefit of the deceased, Namunji Poloto, who was an employee of Zesco.
Inambao in the process allegedly stole K880, 000 cash which he was entrusted to pay or deliver to Willie Mulemwa being the deceased’s personal representative.
He however pleaded not guilty to the charge.
During trial, Inambao absconded two court sittings of March 22 and March 29, 2021 prompting the court to issue a bench warrant against him.
When the matter came up yesterday, Inambao, who appeared before Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile told the court that he had absconded the two sittings because he went to South Africa and his passport had been stolen.
Inambao told the court that he reported the theft to police but did not produce the same to court.
He told the court that the passport was however found and he presented it to the court.
After his explanation, one of his sureties informed the court that he was withdrawing from being the accused’s surety and the court granted the application.
Inambao then asked Ms Mikalile to grant him bail in the interest of justice and that the offence he was facing was bailable.
He was granted a K5, 000 cash bail and also ordered to provide two sureties who would be bound in the sum of K50, 000 each but in their own recognition.
Ms Mikalile said Inambao would be in detention until such a time when he would meet the bail conditions.