Detained pastor pleads for freedom
A PASTOR and a church member have pleaded with the Kitwe Magistrate’s court to forgive him for signing bail for a run-away Church elder who is alleged to have defiled a 14-year-old girl.
Peter Muleba told the court that he and Pastor John Kapisa had learnt a lesson during their time at Kamfinsa correctional facility. They two pleaded with the court to free them so that they could source K10,000 bail, a condition for signing for the alleged defiler, who is now on the run. Mr Muleba said they had experienced severe suffering while at Kamfinsa and that when they signed bail, the accused along with his wife had assured them that he would not run away The solemn-looking Pastor and his member made a moving plea when the matter came up for return of bench warrant before Kitwe Principal Resident Magistrate Chongo Musonda. The two sureties said it had been difficult to locate the accused because they had been incarcerated at Kamfinsa for three weeks now while other members had also failed to find him. It is alleged that on July 25 this year, 24-year-old Alick Simbeye a Church elder had forced himself on a 14-year-old girl as they were returning from worshipping in the night. Police intercepted Simbeye while he was allegedly in the act in his vehicle which he had parked near Buchi Hotel. Simbeye has been on the run after the court granted him a cash bail of K10,000 with two traceable sureties also at K10,000 each in their own recognisance. He was last seen in court when the 14-yearold testified the defilement ordeal, which is alleged to have happened in the car. Mr Kapisha said they had managed to raise funds for the release of one person. Ms Musonda sympathised with the two but indicated that the law was clear on bail and people needed to understand the procedure. “People need to understand the terms of bail before signing and when we ask them if they understand the terms you say you do so. I am sorry but the terms of the bail will stand,” she said. The Magistrate has since adjourned the matter to October 15 this year for the return of bench warrant and the two sureties are still remanded in custody.