Magistrate fumes over adjournment


KITWE Principal Resident Magistrate Ikechukwe Iduma says he will not allow any more unnecessary adjournments in a case where two Patriotic Front (PF) cadres are charged with obstruction of police officer from executing their duties.

Magistrate Iduma said this yesterday after the State applied for an adjournment because the defence lawyer was not present.

This is in a matter where PF Copperbelt chairman Stephen Kainga and his vice youth chairman Stanley Chandindi are charged with obstruction of police officer from executing their duties on July 15, 2015 at Moba Hotel during confusion that erupted when PF cadres followed their UPND counterparts.

When the matter came up for continued trial yesterday, the state informed the court that trial could not commence due to the absence of the defence lawyer.

“ You honour, we have an application to make. However, the state is reluctant because it is causing inconveniences in proceeding with the matter. The adjournment is due to the absences of the lawyer who just sent in an affidavit this morning without stating when the matter should come up,” the state prosecutor said.

But Mr Kainga , who is accused number one, informed the court that his lawyer had agreed to come on September 30,2015.

But, Magistrate Iduma objected saying the date was too far and demanded that another date which would be closer be set.

“ Is there no other date on which this case should come. That is too far. I do not like adjourning matters. Next time we will proceed even when your defense lawyer is not present. This is the last adjournment am allowing in this matter,” Magistrate Iduma said.

Magistrate Iduma then adjourned the matter.