By Chintu Malambo
MURDER accused Chilanga Member of Parliament Keith Mukata has decided to give evidence on oath in his defence in a matter in which he and his co-accused Charmaine Musonda are facing one count of murdering a security guard.
In this matter, Mukata and Musonda are accused of murdering Namakabwa Kalilkwenda, a security guard who had been on duty at AKM legal practitioners, the law firm belonging to Mr Mukata on May 6, 2017.
It was alleged that the deceased was shot dead at the said law firm located in Roads Park, Alex Masala Road.
Last week when the Lusaka High Court found Mukata and Musonda with a case to answer and placed them on their defence, the accused said they would exercise their right to remain silent but would adduce evidence.
But when the matter came up for commencement of defence before High court judge Susan Wanjelani yesterday, Mukata through his lawyer Lubinda Linyama said he had decided to testify upon further review of the circumstance in the matter and that he would also bring witnesses to aid his defence.
“Last week when the court delivered its ruling to place the accused on their defence, it was indicated that both accused would exercise the right to remain silent but would produce evidence before court.
“Upon further review of the circumstances in this matter, our client Mr Mukata has decided to give evidence on oath and will call witnesses in aid of his defence,” Mr Linyama said.
Mr Linyama however said the second accused person, Musonda would remain silent in line with what she had said last week.
Mr Linyama further asked the court to grand him an adjournment to enable them plan their defence with the accused and that state counsel did not object to that application.
Justice Wanjelani adjourned the matter to November 29 2017 for opening if defence.