CHIFUBU PF member of parliament Frank Ng’ambi has being committed to the High Court for summary trial in a case he assaulted his wife. This is in a case where Ng’ambi is charged with acts intended to cause grievous harm. It is alleged that on June 7, 2019, Ng’ambi, with intent to maim, disfigure or disable did cause grievous harm to Agness Ng’ambi, his wife.
When the matter came up yesterday for explanation of the charge, public prosecutor Francis Mulenga informed court that the state was ready to proceed. However, defence lawyers representing Ng’ambi objected and asked court for an application to grant the State leave to hold a preliminary inquiry on the matter. Kayuni said since the matter was brought before court, his team was pleading with the State to take their client to court but to no avail.
“We are fortified in our application in view of the conduct of the state. The court may take judicial notice that we appeared before your brother for the similar charge and the State, using its discretion entered a nolle prosequi. Since then we have been pleading with the State to bring our client to court but the State have been dillydallying,” he said.
In response, Mulenga said there was no need for a preliminary inquiry as the state was in receipt of instructions from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to take the matter to the High Court.
“We feel there is no need to conduct a preliminary inquiry on this matter; the reason being that the committal letter is ready,” Mulenga said.
And in his ruling, chief resident magistrate John Mbuzi said the application was overtaken by events and therefore, committed Ng’ambi to the High Court.
“This is a proper case for the High Court. I, therefore, commit you to the High Court for trial at its next session. You will continue to be on police bond,” said magistrate Mbuzi.