THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Modrine Chisanga, the woman of Chawama Township who was allegedly assaulted by musician Clifford Dimba, alias General Kanene.
And Dimba told the court that Nicholas Chanda no longer represents him because he cannot afford a lawyer anymore.
This was heard before principal resident magistrate Kenneth Mulife in a case in which Dimba, 30, is charged with assault.
It is alleged that Dimba on October 27 this year in Lusaka assaulted Ms Chisanga thereby occasioning her actual bodily harm.
When the case came up for trial, State prosecutor Zakes Yumba applied for Ms Chisanga to be brought to court under a bench warrant because all efforts to compel her to attend court sessions have proved futile.
Mr Mulife granted the application and ordered that Ms Chisanga be compelled to attend court under a bench warrant.
Earlier, Dimba’s lawyer Nicholas Chanda told the court that the witness would not avail herself to the court because she told the police before the case started in court that she wanted to withdraw the matter.
And Dimba told the court that Mr Chanda no longer represents him because he cannot afford a lawyer anymore.
“I have challenges with money, so I will start representing myself,” Dimba said.