The infamous Nsanje ‘Hyena’ Eric Aniva will spend more days in the cooler before his sentencing because the court is yet to decide on a date for the continuation of the case.
This is also because the presiding First Grade Magistrate Anderson Masanjala recused himself from continuing with the case on August 15.
Aniva and Vito Nkhalamba are answering a charge of engaging in harmful practices contrary to Section 5 sub-sections 1-2 of Gender Equality Act of 2013.
The case which was referred to Chief Resident Magistrate Thom Ligowe and was scheduled to continue on Wednesday August 24 2016, failed to take place because the court is waiting to hear from Principal Resident Magistrate Innocent Nebi who has been appointed to take over the case.
According to a court clerk who did not want to be named; “When the case was referred to the Chief Resident Magistrate, he appointed Midima Senior Resident Magistrate Mangawa Makhalira but it was later handed over to his worship Nebi who is currently in Botswana. As of now, the court is waiting for him to decide on the date.”
Masanjala recused himself from further presiding over the Hyena case saying he wants to remain neutral on the matter.
This came after the same court refused to grant bail to Aniva and Nkhalamba to pave way for further investigations, the two are still on remand at Nsanje Prison.
Judiciary Spokesperson Mlenga Mvula confirmed the development in an interview Wednesday saying the case has been adjourned to a later date in September and both parties have been served with a notice of adjournment.
“As of now we cannot say the exact date, it is his worship Nebi who will decide when he comes back from ‘abroad’,” said Mvula.