FOLK Musician Shadreck Mukenge, 31, popularly known as Mumba Yachi will remain in jail until he acquires a temporal permit to stay in Zambia.
Magistrate Ruth Kapulo reserved her ruling on Yachi’s bail application this morning saying the first count he faces of unlawful stay in Zambia will be breached should she grant him bail in the absence of permit from the immigration department.
“The matter has been adjourned to 18th September for mention and 22 October for the commencement of trial, for now you will remain remanded,” Magistrate Kapulo told a calm-looking Yachi.
The popular hit maker on Thursday denied three immigration-related charges which include unlawful stay in Zambia contrary to section 11(3) read together with 56 (1) of the immigration and deportation act number 18 of 2010 of the laws of Zambia in count one while in count two, he is accused of giving information false in a material particular contrary to section 13 (1) (1) of the National Registration Act cap 126 of the Laws of Zambia.
In the third count, Yachi is accused of Making false representation for purposes of obtaining a passport contrary to section 23 (1) (a) a) of the Passport Act No 28 of 2016 of the laws of Zambia.
Yachi has been in detention since August 28.
After the the court hearing this morning, Yachi was escorted to the waiting immigration Land Cruiser by a sobbing wife of two years in a phalanx of sympathizers and immigration officers.
As Yachi was led to Lusaka Central Correctional Facility commonly known as Chimbokaila which has been his home for the last 12 days, he whispered words of consolation to his whimpering wife as he claspped his hands around her shoulders.
His lawyer Mwape Bwalya of Mwenye and Mwitwa advocates said she would work round the clock to acquire her client a permit.