Musonda appears in court, case moved to Serenje
Former Health deputy minister Dr Solomon Musonda has
appeared before Lusaka chief resident magistrate Charles Kafunda in a case where
he stands charged with
causing grievous harm for shooting at a PF cadre in Serenje.
magistrate Kafunda has granted an application by the state to have Dr Musonda’s
case transferred to Serenje where the shooting incident took place.
Musonda, who is also Chitambo MMD parliamentarian, entered the dock dressed in a
gray safari suit after Lusaka Divisional Prosecutions Officer (DPO) Frank
Mumbuna called the matter.
Mumbuna said Dr Musonda was in court for
“We would like to make an application for the transfer of this
case to its area of jurisdiction,” Mumbuna said. “This application is in
accordance with section 77 (c) of the CPC (criminal procedure
Mumbuna said whilst the prosecution was alive to the fact that an
accused could rightly be tried from the place of arrest the application in Dr
Musonda’s case to have the matter transferred to Serenje was based on the issue
of witness management.
“We note that all the 10 witnesses in this case
are from Serenje and in the effort of bringing these witness to the court the
state will remain a potential casualty because of finances,” Mumbuna
Dr Musonda’s lawyer, Sunday Nkonde said Mumbuna had sufficiently
articulated the procedural issues relating to the transfer of the matter to
Serenje and that the defence had no objection to the application.
ruling, magistrate Kafunda granted the application by the state and that his
court would only take Dr Musonda’s particulars before reading the charge to
Dr Musonda gave his occupation as a doctor and that he was a
resident of Nsumbu road off Yotam Muleya in Lusaka’s Woodlands
Magistrate Kafunda then said Dr Musonda was charged with one count
of causing grievous harm with intent to maim, disfigure or disable contrary to
section 244 (a) of the Penal Code.
Particulars of the offence are that Dr
Musonda on June 1, 2010 with intent to maim, disfigure or disable caused
grievous harm to Jackson Musaka.
Magistrate Kafunda then asked Dr Musonda
if he understood the charge and he mildly responded in the
Magistrate Kafunda then said Dr Musonda would take his plea
in the matter before the Serenje Magistrates’ Court on July 2,
Mumbuna informed the court that Dr Musonda was on police bond and
magistrate Kafunda then extended the bond to the plea date.