A BUSINESSMAN of Ndola who allegedly tried to swindle Roan Member of Parliament (MP) Chishimba Kambwili out of over K1 million yesterday pleaded not guilty to one count of theft involving K3,000.
When the case came up for plea before magistrate Sylvia Munyinya, Mike Kososo, 26, of house number 9346 Mitengo Road, Ndola, said he understood the charge but denied committing the offence.
He applied for bail through his lawyers saying he had a permanent home and capable of providing sureties who would abide by the conditions the court would set.
The state prosecutors, however, objected to the application saying Kasoso had absconded court before in a case before another court and that when granted bail, he was likely to commit a similar offence.
But Ms Munyinya ruled that the State had not provided any evidence that Kasoso would skip bail and only stated that he would commit a similar offence.
She granted him K7,000 bail in his own recognisance with two working sureties in the same amount who should be residents of Lusaka.
Particulars are that Kasoso, on February 8 this year in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting with others, stole K3,000, the property of Mr Kambwili.
It is alleged that Mr Kambwili had hosted Kasoso, who was supposed to provide him with diamonds for sale costing K1.2 million and that he was only tipped later that Kasoso was trying to swindle him out of his money and that he would not provide the gemstones.
It is also alleged that Mr Kambwili had paid Kasoso’s hotel bill in Lusaka awaiting the arrival of the precious stones.