The Ndola Magistrate Court has detained seasoned comedian Webster Chiluba popularly known as Kasaka, for failure to present an accused person before court, after signing as surety.
Mr Chiluba signed as surety for Mathews Silungwe 28, a musician of Ndola’s Kabushi Township, who is charged with impersonation and six counts of theft, after allegedly swindling six teachers in the district.
It is alleged that on September 25, 2019, in Ndola, with intent to defraud, Mr Silungwe falsely represented himself as an inspector from the Teaching Council of Zambia (TCZ), to Grace Sokoni.
It is also alleged that Mr Silungwe further obtained money amounting to six thousand two-hundred and thirty-kwacha from Silvia Nalungwe, Daniel Phisi, Natasha Mwansa, Ketty Siwale and Herald Mwila, all who longed to join the teaching service.
Further, it is alleged that Mr Silungwe used different mobile phone numbers to call some teachers and threatened to have them deregistered from the service, should they fail to register nor apply for their licence with the teaching council.
When the matter came up before Magistrate Veronica Sikwangala in Ndola, the accused was not present before the court.
The prosecution stated that the accused was supposed to come to court or a bench warrant be issued for the accused as well as the sureties.
However, the Arresting Officer Sergeant Mercy Sianga who was present before the court said the suspect was still on the run and that one of the other sureties had gone to Kasama to look for him.
Magistrate Sikwangala asked Mr Chiluba to prove to the court of law why he should not be cited for contempt.
In response Mr Chiluba said he was still looking for Mr Silungwe, asking the court if he could be released in order to carry out his task.
However, Magistrate Sikwangala dismissed his plea and reminded him of his promise before the court, when he signed bail for his colleague.
“I want to sign bail for my friend as surety. I will make sure he attends court. If he runs, I will be ready to be apprehended or pay K5000,” “Margistrate Sikwangala read.
The matter has since been adjourned to April 26, 2019.