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Two Kapiri men in court for homosexuality

TWO men are appearing in the Kapiri Mposhi Magistrates’ Court for allegedly engaging in homosexuality.

Before Kapiri Mposhi magistrate Ackson Mumba were Japhet Chataba [38], a carpenter, who is a resident of Ndeke compound and Stephen Sambo, [30] who according to the indictment before court is a planning officer at Ndola City Council.

Particulars before court were that on August 25, 2017 Chataba and Sambo were found by members of the public at a named lodge in Kapiri Mposhi having sexual intercourse against the order of nature.

This is contrary to section 155 [a] of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia as read with Statutory Instrument number 15 of 2015.
Both Chataba and Sambo pleaded not guilty to the charge.

When the matter came up for commencement of trial, Sambo was not present before court, prompting public prosecutor Alex Cheelo to apply for a bench warrant.

Magistrate Mumba has since issued a bench warrant against Sambo.

Trial in the matter was expected to commence yesterday and for the return of bench warrant against Sambo.

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