Ndola Magistrate charges Mpombo
Ndola Magistrate Court has charged former Defence Minister George Mpombo with
one count of issuing a dishonoured cheque amounting to K10
Appearing before Ndola Chief Resident Magistrate Kelvin Limbani,
and facing one count of issuing a dishonoured cheque contrary to section 33
sub-section 01 of the National Payment Act of the Penal Code of the Laws of
Zambia was George Mpombo, 55, a farmer of 05 Katonte Farms in
Magistrate Limbani said the facts of the offence were that on
18th December 2009, Mpombo with intent to defraud issued a cheque to Colwyn
Limited of K10 million on an insufficiently funded account at Standard Chartered
Bank, which rendered it defraud.
When asked to take his plea, Mr Mpombo
pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Limbani adjourned the case to March 17,
2010 for the commencement of Trial and March 5, 2010 for Mention.
former Defence minister had initially preferred to have the deliberations of the
Court proceedings translated in Lamba but failed due to non availability of a
Lamba interpreter in Court,
The Magistrate further granted an application
by Defence Counsel Bonaventure Mutale to dispense the personal attendance of the
accused during Mention on March 5, 2010.
He explained that the accused would
be involved in Parliamentary duties since Parliament would be in session at that
particular time, adding that the accused was an Area Member of Parliament for
Magistrate Limbani further extended Mr Mpombo’s