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 2010-06-19 01:51 am Back to NEWS
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.

And magistrate Kafunda has granted an application by the state to have Dr Musonda’s case transferred to Serenje where the shooting incident took place.

Dr 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 mention.

“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 code).”

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 said.

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.

In his 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 him.

Dr Musonda gave his occupation as a doctor and that he was a resident of Nsumbu road off Yotam Muleya in Lusaka’s Woodlands area.

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 affirmative.

Magistrate Kafunda then said Dr Musonda would take his plea in the matter before the Serenje Magistrates’ Court on July 2, 2010.

Mumbuna informed the court that Dr Musonda was on police bond and magistrate Kafunda then extended the bond to the plea date.

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