The Court of Appeal has set May 23 for judgment in the appeal case in which murder convict Keith Mukata appealed against both his the death sentence and conviction slapped on him by the Lusaka High Court.
In his appeal which was heard by president of the Court of Appeal Chalwe Mchenga, the appellant, through his lawyers, submitted that he was not guilty of murdering his security guard Namakau Kalilakwenda, saying he might have been shot by intruders.
One of Mukata’s lawyers, Keith Mweemba, submitted that the police had a duty to investigate each aspect of a murder because “if they do not, the accused might have been prejudiced” and set free on a date to be announced by the Court of Appeal.
But the state argued that Mukata, who was UPND Chilanga Member of Parliament at the time, was connected to the shooting of the Kalilakwanda.
The state asked the court to dismiss the case and uphold the sentence.