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Chief Justice ‘summoned’ to testify in defamation of the President case



CHIEF Justice Mumba Malila and President Hakainde Hichilema’s political advisor Levy Ngoma are supposed to appear in court to testify in a case Patriotic Front secretary general Raphael Nakacinda is accused of defaming President Hakainde Hichilema.

This is in a matter Mr Nakacinda has been found with a case to answer in matter Nakacinda is charged with defamation of the President.

It is alleged that on December 13, last year in Lusaka, with intent to bring the President’s name into disrepute, hatred, ridicule or contempt, the politician caused to be published defamatory matter against the Mr Hichilema.

The alleged defamatory words were uttered when the politician was addressing journalists at the Lusaka High Court grounds and the same were aired by television stations.

He denied the charge but was later found with a case to answer by Lusaka magistrate Irene Wishimanga who then placed him on his defence.

When the case resumed for continued defence, defence lawyer Emmanuel Phiri applied for an adjournment on grounds that the witnesses Dr Malila and Mr Ngoma, who were subpoenaed to testify, were not before court.

Mr Phiri applied to adjourn the case to give the defence time to secure appearance of the witnesses at the next scheduled dated.

But a state prosecutor objected to the adjournment application on grounds that the defence had not shown the court that they have served the subpoenas on the two people.

The prosecutor, Alex Yanganani, noted that the case had previously been adjourned twice and the defence should just closed their defence if they were unable to bring the witnesses.

The court heard that it was Mr Nakacinda’s desire to have the witnesses testify and aide his case.

“The accused asks the court to grant him an adjournment to secure the attendance of the accused,” Mr Phiri applied.

Bu magistrate Wishimanga noted that no proper reasons had been given to adjourn the case.

“You should have informed them [witnesses] on Friday, to remind them, they are your witnesses if they are not ready. You close the case,” the court said.

Magistrate Wishimanga is concerned that the case started over seven months ago and it is still on defence despite the led lawyer promising to close their defence two months ago.

“This is the last adjournment I will close the case at the next sitting of the witnesses will not be available,” she ruled.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 14th November, 2023)


PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident 



PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.

This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.

“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.

He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.

“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)

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I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu 



“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.

Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.

He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.

Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.

He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.

“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.

Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’

“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.

He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.

“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)

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‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech



OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.

In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.

Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.

He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.

In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.

Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.

“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.

Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.

(Mwebantu, Thursday,  30th November, 2023)

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