Chilanga UPND Member of Parliament Keith Mukata has been found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death by hanging while his girlfriend Charmaine has been acquitted.
Lusaka High Court Judge Susan Wanjelani convicted Mukata and acquitted Charmaine today when she delivered judgement in the matter where the two were accused of murdering Namakau Kalila Kwenda, a security guard at Mukata’s law firm.
Justice Wanjelani ruled that the fact that three cartridges were found inside the gate confirms that the deceased was shot by a person face to face.
She said it is established that the wound was caused by a gunshot from Mukata but the question is whether there was any malice forethought.
Seven witnesses were called and the two accused were placed on defence.
Mukata gave evidence while Charmaine opted to remain silent.
The defence argued that there was no direct evidence linking the accused to the murder and that it was dereliction of duty for the police as plates in which the gun is said to have been found was not produced as evidence and that the BMW was not taken to the scene for crime reconstruction.
Justice Wanjelani said it is common cause that the deceased was facing his killer at close range and that she finds that the deceased could not have been killed by a gunshot from outside the gate but from inside.