LAWYER representing lieutenant Nigel Mwaba, an army officer accused of murdering his lover Dr Tasila Tembo, has told the Lusaka High Court that Chainama Hospital has indicated that his psychiatric disorder can be assessed in three months.
On February 1, 2021, Lt Mwaba, through his lawyer Mauyaneyi Mariabesa, asked the court to allow him to be taken to Chainama Mental Hospital for assessment of disruptive impulse control and conduct disorder, a medical condition that causes an individual to behave angrily or aggressively towards people and property as they fail to control their emotions.
Mariabesa had requested for 14 days in which to obtain a medical report from the hospital.
But when the matter came up before justice Wilfred Muma, defence lawyer O’Brien Kaaba sought an adjournment on grounds that the medical report was not ready.
Justice Muma asked when the report would be ready as he does not want to be adjourning the matter unnecessarily.
Kaaba said Lt Mwaba’s psychiatric condition would be assessed in three months.
“When we communicated with the hospital, we were told that it takes three months to assess his (Lt Mwaba) condition. But depending on his interaction with the doctor, it can be compressed,” said Kaaba
Lt Mwaba is between October 24 and 25, 2020 alleged to have murdered Dr Tembo after she decided to end their relationship.
The matter comes up on March 11 for mention and possible trial.