LUSAKA magistrate Nthandose Chabala has granted former president Frederick Chiluba’s son, Frederick, a K3,000 cash bail pending appeal against his eight months jail term slapped on him for stealing a cell phone.
In her ruling yesterday on Frederick’s bail application pending appeal, magistrate Chabala ordered Frederick, who has been incarcerated since May 16 when he was convicted, to provide two working sureties who will be bound in the sum of K10,000 but in their own recognizance.
Frederick had submitted that he was going to serve a substantial part of the sentence before the appeal is heard if bail was not granted.
Frederick submitted that he would be greatly prejudiced if he is not granted bail as appeals took long to be heard.
Magistrate Chabala found Frederick guilty of stealing a Samsung edge S7 phone valued at K8,500, which belonged to the convict’s family friend, Brenda Chisha.
State prosecutor Cypriano Phiri had urged the court not to grant him bail because there was no reasonable ground to warrant the appeal succeeding.
Phiri said the appeal would be heard expeditiously as the record was not voluminous.