ROMEO: GUILTY AND CONVICTED

Sesheke Member of Parliament, Romeo Kang’ombe, has been found guilty and convicted on charges of assault and abduction of police officers and will be sentenced on April 12, 2021.

The Chinsali magistrate court has also revoked Mr. Kang’ombe bail and remanded him in custody until April 12, 2021 when he will be sentenced.

ZANIS reports that this is in a matter in which Mr. Kang’ombe was facing four counts of abduction and assault of two police officers contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Chinsali Senior Resident Magistrate, Julius Malata, found Mr. Kang’ombe guilty on three counts and acquitted him on one when he appeared before him this morning for judgement.

Magistrate Malata however, reserved sentencing for April 12, 2021 because the defense lawyers were not present in court.

Magistrate Malata said the prosecution team failed to prove the charge of assault in count one, however, proved the case beyond any reasonable doubt in count 2, 3 and 4.

The Magistrate however said the court could not proceed to pass judgement because defense lawyers were not available to mitigate for the convict.

Magistrate Malata also noted that the defense lawyer Mulambo Haimbe did not file any documents to inform the court why he was not available to represent his client.

The magistrate said he was adjourning the matter to April 12 to allow the defense lawyer Mulambo Haimbe to travel to Chinsali and mitigate for the convict before being sentenced.

It is alleged that Mr. Kang’ombe whilst acting with others unknown in Lavushimanda district of Muchinga province did abduct and assault two police officers who were assigned to facilitate the smooth passage of UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and his entourage.

Mr. Kang’ombe in the first charge faced two counts of abducting Sergeant Innocent Mwale and Constable Chinyama Chipango of Mununga police post on October 14th, 2020 contrary to section 256 of the penal code Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.

The Sesheke lawmaker in the second charge was facing two counts of assault of the two police officers contrary to section 250(b) of the penal Code.

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