KOMBONI Radio director Lesa Kasoma has asked the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court to acquit her in a case where she is accused of assaulting a police officer because the State has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt.
In her submissions on no case to answer, Kasoma, through her lawyer Paul Katupisha, noted that there was no overwhelming evidence to support the allegations that she assaulted a police officer.
“The prosecution evidence was so discredited that this honourable court cannot be expected to rely on it,” Kasoma submitted. She further stated that the State witnesses contradicted themselves when they testified in court.
Kasoma stated that police officers were overzealous and excessive in carrying out their duties and the State witnesses, together with the complainant, had a possible motive to give false evidence.
“We submit that the police officers had a motive to give evidence and the danger of false implication is present which must be excluded before a conviction can be held to be safe if the matter was to come to that end. At this stage, this honourable court can safely conclude that the witnesses did not tell the truth going by various contradictions in their evidence,” Kasoma added.
And Kasoma submitted that her case had attracted public interest to an extent that even Vice-President Inonge Wina gave an official apology in Parliament after questions were raised to her.
It is alleged in this matter that Kasoma on October 5, 2016 assaulted a police officer, Simon Chisanga, occasioning him actual bodily harm.
The state is yet to file its submissions.
Ruling is set for March 6./NM/SM/JC