Businessman Ali Kaka Chinemba was this morning taken to Zomba Mental Hospital for a psychiatric expert to have his mentalhealth assessment to ascertain if he is fit to stand murder trial for allegedly killing 20 year-old Davie Kadzuwa Banda with a pump gun last week.
Southern Region police Public Relations Officer, Nicholas Gondwa told Nyasa Times it’s a standard legal procedure for every murder suspect to undergo mental health evaluation to determine their competency to stand trial.
“This is legal procedure which every murder suspect has to undertake. The procedure helps us to determine the status of their mental health at the time they committed the offices,” explained Gondwa.
If Kaka is found, after the assessmemt, that his mental health state is too fragile to undergo a trial., he should be placed under medical treatment in accordance with the provisions of the country’s Mental Treatment Act.
Kaka, currently remanded at Chichiri Prison, on Wednesday filed bail application at the High Court in Blantyre through his lawyer, Zwelithini Chipembere.
He is expected to remain on remand for not less than three months after the High Court deferred his bail application to a later date.
Chinemba handed himself to Soche Police on Monday night last week for allegedly killing Davie Kadzuwa Banda after picking a quarrel over a wrongly parked lorry that was off-loading sand next to his house.
Kaka once faced the arm of law in February 2012 when he was arrested together with lawyer Ralph Kasambara and three others for detaining and assaulting three people who reportedly attempted to assassinate Kasambara and petrol-bomb his offices and residence in Blantyre.
He was also once arrested at Chileka Airport for allegedly using his father’s passport to travel outside the country.
Kaka has twice tried his lucky in the political field but miserably failed to make it to the National Assembly after losing the Blantyre City South Parliamentary elections consecutively- 2009 and 2014.