The Lusaka Magistrate Court has revoked bond for musician and activist Chama Fumba popularly known as Pilato.
This follows the accused’s failure to appear in court on several occasions in a case in which he is co-accused with Patriots for Economic Progress (PEP) President Sean Tembo, Civil Activist Laura Miti and others for disobeying lawful orders in relation to a protest over the controversial procurement of 42 fire tenders.
Pilato’s explanation that his absence was due to threats on his life following the release of a song, which led him to seek refuge in South Africa has not convinced Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile.
This forced his lawyer Keith Mweemba to apply for his client’s bond to be restored, which application has been objected to by the state.
The court will decide whether or not to grant the application on May 21.
Meanwhile, Pilato and his co-accused have all pleaded not guilty to the charge of having disobeyed lawful orders on September 27, last year.