THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court dismissed an application by freelance journalist Chanda Chimba to compel the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to amend the indictment in a case in which he is charged with possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Principal resident magistrate Obbister Musukwa said in a ruling on Tuesday that there is no need to amend the indictment because there is no duplicity as alleged by Chimba.
Chimba wanted the court to compel ACC to amend the charge sheet on the particulars of the sixth count because the allegations imply that he is charged with two offences in one count.
This is a case in which Chimba is jointly charged with former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Service Ronnie Shikapwasha and ministry permanent secretary Sam Phiri for corrupt activities.
Shikapwasha and Phiri are charged with abuse of authority of office while Chimba is charged with unlawful printing and publication and possession of property suspected to be proceeds of a crime.
“This application was brought to court late and there is no duplicity in the indictment. I, therefore, dismiss this application because the State was on firm grounds in drafting the indictment,” Mr Musukwa said.
He adjourned the case to December 22 for continued trial.
Zambia Daily Mail