NATIONAL Democratic Congress consultant Chishimba Kambwili yesterday pleaded not guilty to a charge of contempt of court.
And the State has taken over proceedings in Kambwili’s case pursuant to Article 180 (3) (b) of the Constitution and section 8 (b) of the National Prosecutions Act number 34.
Lusaka magistrate Nsunge Chanda had summoned Kambwili to appear before her yesterday to answer to allegations that he was tampering with documents relating to Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services Limited at the Patents and Registration Agency (PACRA) which were exhibits in a matter before principal resident magistrate David Simusamba.
Kambwili is being represented by lawyer Christopher Mundia.
In this case, Equity and Economic Party president Chilufya Tayali lodged a complaint against Kambwili that contempt of court be instituted against him for interfering with evidence in a case the Roan PF member of parliament is charged with forgery, uttering a false document and giving false information to a public officer, a matter that is being handled by magistrate Simusamba.
Earlier, deputy chief state advocate Margaret Chitundu applied that the State was taking over the proceedings, an application which magistrate Chanda granted.
It is alleged that Kambwili caused an obstruction or disturbance in the course of judicial proceedings by tampering with evidence, which is a subject to active court proceedings.
Trial is expected to commence on June 28