Tuesday, August 13, 2013

MMD members plead not guilty to defamation
By Christopher Miti in Chipata
Tue 23 July 2013, 14:00 CAT

TWO members of the MMD campaign team yesterday pleaded not guilty to one charge of defamation of the President.

This is a matter where Chipata district MMD chairperson Sinoya Mwale who is also former Chipata mayor and Kanjala ward councillor Jealous Phiri are charged with defamation of the President contrary to section 69 of the penal code chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that on July 18, 2013, Mwale, 42, and Phiri, 56, with intent to bring the President into hatred, ridicule or contempt did publish insulting matter by word of mouth.

The two are alleged to have issued a statement to the effect that
President Michael Sata was a Satanist who would use blood as fuel to ferry people from Kagunda health post to his rally in Chipata.
Resident magistrate Sanford Ngobola entered pleas of not guilty in respect of both accused persons.

Magistrate Ngobola said Mwale and Phiri would appear for mention on August 22 for mention and August 30, 2013 for trial.

The two were arrested and charged on Sunday but were later released on police bond.

Among notable people that escorted the two officials were provincial chairperson Alexander Miti, Sinda member of parliament Levy Ngoma and Muchinga's Howard

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