Pictures posted on social media, including Instagram, have shown wanted Cashgate suspect Limumba Karim partying in South Africa in the company of musician Tay Grin.
Karim is answering charges relating to money laundering alongside former budget director in the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo and 16 others in the K2.4 billion Cashgate case.
Private practice lawyer Wapona Kita told the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale before he stopped representing the suspect that Karim had been unwell and was in South Africa receiving medical attention.
However, Kita could not provide proof to that effect.
One picture sourced from Instagram dated January 8 2017 shows Karim holding a drink in his hand, standing near another musician named Rudebuoy Major and Tay Grin. The location on the post showed Taboo Night Club.
This prompted Kachale on Monday to ask High Court judge Esme Chombo to issue an arrest warrant for the suspect after he again failed to turn up for the hearing of the case.
Kita refused to comment yesterday when The Nation sought to know the status of his former client’s health in South Africa.
He said: “I cannot comment on a client I stopped representing.”
While Kachale told the court this week that police would act on the matter, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said they have not yet started discussing with International Police (Interpol) to help the local law enforcers in hunting Karim. n