Senior Legal Aid counsel John Phiri has applied to recuse himself from defending Zenasi Dube who is charged with conspiracy to kill the Mpezeni through witchcraft.
Phiri asked the court to adjourn the matter to the next High Court session to allow the accused find another lawyer.
Lusaka High Court Judge William Mweemba who is currently conducting sessions in Chipata granted the application and extended Dube’s bail.
Particulars of the offence are that Dube of Mwami border area, on 25
January, 2018 jointly and whilst acting together with another person unknown did conspire with intent to kill by means of witchcraft one David Jere, the current Paramount Chief Mpezeni.
Several headmen from Mpezeni’s area were in court when the matter came up but the Paramount Chief Mpezeni was not in court.