Music promoter Mark Mubalama has undertaken to bring Congolese Musician Koffi Olomide to court to answer to a charge of assault.
This is in a matter were Koffi Olomide is accused of having assaulted Photo Journalist Jean Ndayisenga.
Mr. Mubalama who Koffi’s promoter in Zambia said the suspect could not come to court today because he is in Zimbabwe for another musical function.
He however asked the court to give him time to travel to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so that he can serve the summons on Koffi.
Earlier, Prosecution Lawyer Gilbert Phiri informed the court that his client attempted to serve the summon on Koffi, but he refused to get them.
Lusaka Magistrate Mwandu Sakala later adjourned the matter to August 23rd for Plea.
In this matter, Ndayisenga is privately prosecuting the matter after he was given permission by the Director of Public Prosecution Lilian Siyunyi.
On Friday Koffi Olomide failed to appear before the Lusaka Magistrate Court in a case in which he is alleged to have assaulted a freelance journalist Jean Ndayisenga on December 28, 2012.
When the matter came up for plea, lawyer Jonas Zimba, representing the accused person as a friend of the court argued that he could not appear before court because the summons were not personally served on him by the complainant.
“It is our submission that there has been no service in this matter as required by law and there is no surprise as to why the accused person is not before court,” Mr Zimba said.
However, the complainant’s lawyer, Mr Gilbert Phiri said an attempt was made to effect service on the accused person by the complainant.
“Jean Ndayisenga accompanied by an officer of the law, Gregory Zulu, did deliver the summons but the accused person informed the complainant that he was being represented by Mr Zimba of Makebi Zulu and Associates,” Mr Phiri said.
Mr Phiri applied for an adjournment to allow his client personally effect service on the accused.
Before his arrival in the country, the police released a statement revealing that the musician had no criminal record and that the alleged assault on a journalist was closed due to lack of evidence.
The magistrate granted plea to have the matter adjourned to July 30 to appear before the court.