Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala has granted Kabushi PF member of parliament Bowman Lusambo a K20,000 cash bail with two working sureties.
Magistrate Chabala ordered that Lusambo’s sureties should be based in the capital and bound in the sum of K20,000 but in their own recognisance.
However, after he was granted bail, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officers took him away and caged him until all the paper work has been finalised and signed by the magistrate.
As such, Lusambo will remain in custody until he meets all the laid down bail conditions.
In granting bail, magistrate Chabala said Lusambo was facing the allegations before court which he denied, she also ordered Lusambo to provide proof of his residence by way of a utility bill.
Meanwhile, Lusambo’s lawyer Makebi Zulu applied for bail pending trial.
He argued that his client was of fixed abode and not a flight risk adding that Lusambo has not violated his bail conditions in other cases which are before court.
But the State prosecutors led by Daniel Ngwira objected and asked that they adduce evidence by way of an affidavit, but the magistrate shot down the idea.
Apparently, Lusambo pleaded not guilty to three counts of attempting to interfere with a witness.
The offences he is facing are contrary to Section 112 (1) (b) as read with section 389 (1) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Trial has been set for June 27 while Lusambo would be expected to appear for mention on June 6.