By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE –
FORMER Local Government and Housing deputy minister, Moses Muteteka will spend the weekend in prison pending the hearing of his bail application on Monday.
Lusaka principal magistrate Aridah Chuulu on Thursday jailed Muteteka, MMD Member of Parliament for Chisamba for five years with hard labour for stealing a Fuso truck belonging to his constituency.
But Muteteka on the same day applied to Ms Chuulu to grant him bail pending his appeal to the high court.
Ms Chuulu has instead set Monday for hearing of Muteteka’s application and this would result in him spending the weekend in prison.
Muteteka has since appealed to the High Court against his conviction and sentence.
He was facing one count of a motor vehicle contrary to the law. Particulars were that Muteteka on May 24, 2014, 2010 in Lusaka stole a motor vehicle namely, a Mitsubishi Fuso light truck valued at K75,000, the property of Chibombo District Council in Chisamba constituency.
Ms Chuulu jailed him for depriving of the people of his constituency the benefits of the motor vehicle bought using public funds.