THE State yesterday told Lusaka principal resident magistrate Humphrey Chitalu that they will today apply to bring former Roan member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili on warrant if he does not show up in court.
Public prosecutor Brian Sianyengo told the court that Kambwili did not appear for mention on March 17 and also did not show up yesterday when the case in which he is charged with one count of expressing or showing hatred, ridicule or contempt for persons because of race came up for commencement of trial.
Sianyengo also told the court that the prosecutors who had conduct of the case; Noah Mwanza and Juvenalis Kamutondole, were on leave while he presumed the accused persons’ lawyers were attending a non-elective Annual General Meeting in Livingstone.
He further told the court that the case was also scheduled for continued hearing today and that the date be maintained.
Sianyengo, however, said he would make an application for issuance of a bench warrant if Kambwili does not appear.
It is alleged that Kambwili on February 19 this year in Lusaka expressed racial remarks on Rajesh Kumar Verma, an Indian, but pleaded not guilty.
Director of Public Prosecutions Lillian Siyunyi issued a consent to prosecute Kambwili in exercise of the powers conferred upon her by section 164 of the Penal Code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
The case is coming today for trial.